£1.9 million boost for Liverpool’s waterfront
city centre waterfront is set to receive an investment of £1.9
million from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) for a
programme of infrastructure, environmental and public realm
improvements. The grant is being allocated for the 2nd phase
of the Waterfront Connections project, which is strengthening the
waterfront’s role as a major visitor destination through improved
linkages between visitor attractions at Kings Waterfront, the Albert
Dock, Mann Island, the Pier Head and Princes Dock.
Liverpool Vision will lead the project, working with partners Gower
Street Estates, the Albert Dock Company, National Museums Liverpool,
British Waterways, ACC Liverpool, Kings Waterfront Estates, English
Partnerships, Neptune Developments, Merseytravel, Liverpool Culture
Company and Liverpool City Council.
The programme will deliver a wide range of projects including:-
· The development of Canning Maritime Park as a visitor attraction
in its own right, through a combination of landscaping improvements
and new pedestrian bridges across the eastern end of the graving
· Construction of mooring facilities at Salthouse Dock for boats
entering the south docks via the new Leeds/Liverpool canal link.
· A programme of enhancements at Albert Dock, including feature
lighting, interactive kiosks, new seating and street furniture.
· Public art in the form of plaques at Kings Waterfront
commemorating 100 famous Liverpudlians.
· Completion of a pedestrian link across the Pier Head to tie in
with the new ferry terminal and associated environmental
Peter White, NWDA Executive Director of Development, said:-
“The NWDA recognises the enormous potential of Liverpool’s
waterfront as a major international visitor destination and we have
invested substantially in a number of significant developments to
maximise its contribution to the local and regional economy. This
includes the new cruise liner facility, canal link, Museum of
Liverpool and ACC Liverpool. Building on the achievements of
phase one of the Waterfront Connections project, this latest funding
will help to maximise the impact of these and other attractions at
the waterfront, helping to boost Liverpool’s visitor economy.”
Jim Gill, Liverpool Vision Chief Executive, said:- “The City
Centre Waterfront has undergone an impressive transformation over
the last five years. Vision and its partners have delivered a series
of complementary attractions from Princes Dock to Kings Waterfront,
which are already having a major impact on the city’s economy.
NWDA funding will encourage greater movement between these
attractions, provide improved facilities, and create a more
enjoyable experience for local people and visitors.”
NWDA helps create Aerospace jobs for Birkenhead
Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has awarded the CML Group Ltd a
grant for £600k, creating 34 additional jobs for Birkenhead.
For almost 60 years the CML Group has produced components and
assemblies for the aerospace industry for customers such as Airbus
UK and BAE Systems. Over this period, CML Group has developed its
capabilities to comprise machining, composites, sheet metal and
The company is now looking to invest in new equipment to capitalise
on the increasing use of composites and to increase its penetration
into the military and business jet sectors.
By 2011 sales are
forecast to increase by £5.6m to £18.8m, while the company will grow
its workforce by 34 to 220.
The grant awarded by the NWDA is known as ‘Selective Finance for
Investment’ and is available for businesses that are looking for
financial backing in order to successfully carry out investment
projects. Grants are available for businesses located in Assisted
Areas of the Northwest, for projects of all sizes.
Mark Hughes, Executive Director of Enterprise and Skills, NWDA
said:- “This SFI grant will allow the CML Group to expand into
new and exciting markets, positively impacting on local job
opportunities in the area and maximising the opportunities to
contribute to the Liverpool city region economy.”
Geoff Stewart, Managing Director, CML Group Ltd said:- “The
SFI grant is a tremendous vote of confidence in CML and all its
staff. As we enter this new and exciting stage in the company’s
development, we are delighted to have the support of the NWDA, and
we look forward to delivering real value to all our stakeholders,
particularly our customers and employees”.
The grant was supported by a team from Hurst Liverpool, who were
responsible for the initial feasibility study, completion of the
application documentation , guidance and support throughout the
application process and in reviewing CML's business plans.
Claire Jackson, Managing Partner, Hurst (Liverpool) LLP said:-
"CML is a long established business with an incredible track
record as a manufacturer supplying the Aerospace market, we are
passionate about supporting such businesses in the Northwest region
and are extremely proud to have been able to work with and secure
funding for CML".
The NWDA manages and funds a number of business finance solutions
designed to help businesses in the region to start up and grow.
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