Green light for Liverpool’s new green business park
September 20 2004
Liverpool Land Development Company has obtained planning permission for the Stonebridge Park scheme on the former GEC and Sugarbrook sites on the East Lancashire Road.
Liverpool-based Cass Associates have been appointed to project manage the masterplanning, landscaping and environmental work at Stonebridge Park.
Extensive tree planting and water features will be based around the River Alt and its Sugarbrook tributary which run through the site. A linear park will also be created along the 1.5 km A580 frontage. Stonebridge Park will also include the Operations and Control Centre for the proposed Merseytram that will serve the development. The scheme is due to start on site in the autumn and is expected to create up to 1,650 new jobs.
The environmental works will provide the scheme with a cost-effective, sustainable wetland and drainage system, flood storage and an important ecological resource. Creating extensive reed beds will improve water quality and provide a range of wetland habitats that will protect existing species and encourage new wildlife to come to the area.
The site will be accessible to the local community who will be encouraged to make the most of the new landscape through the introduction of cycle paths, footpaths and a lake for fishing.
Richard Cass, Senior Partner of Cass Associates, added: “Our aim is to produce a genuinely multi-functional landscape which will be very high quality with a formal composition reflecting the commercial and urban design objectives of the project. But at the same time we aim to create an ecologically rich and technically very sophisticated drainage and wetland system that will be ideal for local wildlife.”