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#586262 - 21st Sep 2011 2:11am Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre
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Planning permission has been approved for Peel Holdings to create the International Trade Centre on Birkenhead West Float Docks. This will be four massive factories/units on the current Mobil site and spreading across beyond the current shipyard.

Work to demolish and decontaminate the Mobil site is expected to start very shortly.

The Centre is targeted for use by Chinese industry to include assembly, storage and trading.

Hopefully the old Rivers Streets site will also be developed for local industry to support the Trade Centre. This could be a lot of jobs created in a relatively short period of time, you never know, we may even end up with a labour shortage in the area. What I particularly like is that this will be a dockside project and may even open up more shipping transport for our beloved docks, though Peel are currently proposing to use Liverpool docks and the use of barges to transport to Birkenhead, I guess this will be in keeping with the Wirral Waters project which would limit major shipping into the West Float.

Grosvenor (Liverpool One developer) has expressed concerns and is looking at having constraints in place so that other investments (theirs by any chance?) in the area are not affected, however planning permission has been approved anyway.

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#586265 - 21st Sep 2011 3:14am Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Wow that's a pretty large development, wonder when that will be completed?
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#586308 - 21st Sep 2011 9:19am Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: _Ste_]
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I don't see any mention of them using the existing railway line which runs along Beaufort Road & which is connected to both the Bidston -Wrexham & Rock Ferry -Chester lines.

Bob.

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#586447 - 21st Sep 2011 11:59am Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Great stuff, clap

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#586450 - 21st Sep 2011 12:02pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Thanks for sharing this with us Diggingdeeper!
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#586456 - 21st Sep 2011 12:07pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Perhaps the area can get dragged up off it's knees, and about time too. Hope this all comes off, you never really know if they are just extracting the urine and it's all just a giant Ponzi scheme.
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#586490 - 21st Sep 2011 12:46pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I know that Peel have been had a lot of their plans delayed by the recessions and banking crisis but there's been loads and loads of talk over the last 4 years and not much action.

Comeon lets see some diggers on site asap!

From what I remember from the original plans the first two buildings are supposed to open in 2013 with the other two following within 2 years.

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#586527 - 21st Sep 2011 1:23pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Originally Posted By: diggingdeeper
The Centre is targeted for use by Chinese industry to include assembly, storage and trading.


Thinking about what we are told of the wages, working conditions, human rights, etc, etc, etc, in China.

I bet the Chinese philanthropists are queuing up to substantially raise their overheads and considerably lower their profits, just for the pleasure of employing Birkenheads unemployed.

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#586678 - 21st Sep 2011 4:45pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: Silverback]
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The plans look fantastic, it's about time something was done to invest in the area, the project is massive and it's really going to improve Birkenhead no end, I can't wait smile The new buildings look like they will take the shine out of Liverpool One for sure.

The link to peel holdings Wirral Waters redevelopment project are here..
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/watercity/WirralWaters.html


Edited by Handbag (21st Sep 2011 4:46pm)

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#586701 - 21st Sep 2011 5:24pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Chinese manufacturers want to sell their goods to western consumers. If they set up shop in these warehoses they can hold stock and showcase their wares, which must be more tempting to UK buyers than placing an order and waiting months for manufacture, shipping and customs to do their thing, before they get their mittens on the merchandise. Did you know it's cheaper to send a plasma screen television from China to Felixstowe than it is to get it from Felixstowe to UK stores?

Good for jobs in the area and easier for UK buyers, but bad for the trade deficit.

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#586709 - 21st Sep 2011 5:37pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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This was planned for Wigan a few years ago
http://www.wigantoday.net/news/threat_to_chinamex_1_3203016

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#586756 - 21st Sep 2011 6:43pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: _Ste_]
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Originally Posted By: _Ste_
Wow that's a pretty large development, wonder when that will be completed?


I read the whole regeneration of Birkenhead Docks will take twenty eight years, so I doubt I will see the finished project. It's supposed to be like Hong Kong with skyscapers etc, but perhaps its been toned-down since these plans were mooted.

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#586781 - 21st Sep 2011 7:09pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I think you'll find this project to be well on its way within 3 years (probably a lot less), the investors have been chomping on the bit for this one. Wirral had to make quite a snap decision because there were two other possible locations.

The railway line along Beaufort Road has been part dismantled not long ago, it looked like a training exercise for railway apprentices.

I think its all good and hopefully will kick start the shopping development across the road (Bidston Dock site) and possibly Wirral Waters (which, personally, I'm not so keen on).
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#652460 - 15th Jan 2012 12:04pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Hi DD. Just skipped from 'The Royal Iris' Page with this 'click' Thanks.
Just about to start trawling through it. Looks Interesting.
As an off topic, anyone know what's happened to our very 'on' topic' friend Geekus ?
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#652465 - 15th Jan 2012 12:21pm Re: Birkenhead Iternational Trade Centre [Re: diggingdeeper]
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As this side of the river have Wirral Waters, so the other side is discussing Liverpool Waters.

I have never understood why industrial buildings on this side of the Mersey benefit from a view that many would pay big bucks for.

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