New Wire Regeneration deal aims to regenerate part of Warrington

Warrington Guardian: John Downes with Clr Terry O'Neill John Downes with Clr Terry O'Neill

A NEW partnership - called Wire Regeneration - has been set up to redevelop the area around the Mersey in Warrington town centre.

Warrington Borough Council has teamed up with property company Langtree to operate the joint venture.

It will attempt to transform what has been known as the Southern Gateway - land either side of the Mersey including the current bus depot and Wilderspool Stadium.

An immediate plan will be to refurbish and improve Wharf Industrial Estate in Howley, next to Riverside Retail Park.

Langtree chief executive John Downes said: “Warrington is one of the best performing economies on the UK cities list in terms of employment creation and is a business and investment destination with huge potential.

“We have widespread experience of delivering successful joint ventures with public sector partners so are very pleased to add Wire Regeneration Ltd to that growing portfolio and to be in a position to assist the town in the next chapter of its success story.”

Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council, said: “This joint venture opens up many exciting development opportunities for Warrington Borough Council to work alongside Langtree to explore and maximise the potential of our joint assets and combined skills.

“The partnership will unlock growth potential and is another key project identified in our framework for growth, Warrington Means Business, which was endorsed by the council last year.

“We are delighted to be partnered with Langtree, a company which has a solid track record of quality and delivery and is highly respected in the industry.”

Langtree is involved in a number of joint venture schemes across the UK, including Sci-Tech Daresbury, PxP West Midlands and Onsite North East.

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8:16am Wed 5 Mar 14

Freeborn John says...

Still up to their 'all fur coat and no knickers' tricks I see, coming a mere 24 hours after that budget this takes the biscuit.
Still up to their 'all fur coat and no knickers' tricks I see, coming a mere 24 hours after that budget this takes the biscuit. Freeborn John
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8:43am Wed 5 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

Buying votes in Howley?

How much have the Labour Junta suddenly found to fund this, and from where?

What are Langtree putting into it - and what is in it for them?

Will planning objections be dealt with as rigorously as any other?

Who will sit on the board of "Wire Regeneration"? Councillors? Labour party placemen? What remuneration will they receive?
Buying votes in Howley? How much have the Labour Junta suddenly found to fund this, and from where? What are Langtree putting into it - and what is in it for them? Will planning objections be dealt with as rigorously as any other? Who will sit on the board of "Wire Regeneration"? Councillors? Labour party placemen? What remuneration will they receive? Nick Tessla
  • Score: 2

10:22am Wed 5 Mar 14

MikeJT says...

New partnership? Isn't this just the same as the Warrington2030 partnership ? It may include plans to develop the area but, IIRC, a lot of the area will stay the same until at least 2021-2023.
New partnership? Isn't this just the same as the Warrington2030 partnership ? It may include plans to develop the area but, IIRC, a lot of the area will stay the same until at least 2021-2023. MikeJT
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Wed 5 Mar 14

gerrumonside says...

IF they actually spent time on the actual regeneration works than another regeneration plan/ scheme/ partnership announcement etc etc the Town would look modern and developed.

unfortunately we are just given a photo of two cranks smiling and saying stuff that actually has no chance of happening in their lifetime. Wireworks for one example....???

it's Why Bridge st is still an empty mess where no one goes but there are some rather expensive plant pots if anyone is interested.

I walk daily to central Station and sometimes Bank Quay and there is nothing to be proud of when Stepping out of either station. And I've usually just left Manchester which is the most depressing place in the world...

Please Warrington bourough council...WORK not WORDS....
IF they actually spent time on the actual regeneration works than another regeneration plan/ scheme/ partnership announcement etc etc the Town would look modern and developed. unfortunately we are just given a photo of two cranks smiling and saying stuff that actually has no chance of happening in their lifetime. Wireworks for one example....??? it's Why Bridge st is still an empty mess where no one goes but there are some rather expensive plant pots if anyone is interested. I walk daily to central Station and sometimes Bank Quay and there is nothing to be proud of when Stepping out of either station. And I've usually just left Manchester which is the most depressing place in the world... Please Warrington bourough council...WORK not WORDS.... gerrumonside
  • Score: 2

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