Scheme which would have seen 1,200 jobs created in Liverpool is scrapped

Kings Dock

An ambitious scheme which would have created 1,200 jobs in Liverpool appears to have been scrapped.

The plans included a huge call centre on a waterfront site but the Liverpool Echo is reporting that developers have pulled out of the project.

YPG Developments announced two years ago that it was looking to build a call centre for The Contact Company on the Kings Dock.

The plans also included a leisure and retail destination and the city council was involved in the scheme.

Planning permission was granted for the project but it has since failed to materialise.

This September the council announced it was to buy up the remainder of Kings Dock and redevelop the site.

Last week CBRE announced the sale of a 7.6acre site of “prime waterfront development land” at Kings Dock.

The announcement said there are seven undeveloped plots ranging from 0.45acres to 2.79acres available for a variety of uses including leisure, hotel, residential and offices.

But there was no mention of the scheme and YPG has since confirmed the firm is no longer involved in the scheme.

A spokesperson confirmed: “The idea that we had originally isn’t going ahead and we are no longer involved.”

Liverpool City Council has since confirmed YPG is no longer involved, but added plans for a new TCC building could still go ahead in another location.

A statement said: “Liverpool City Council and TCC are continuing to work together to assess a number of sites in the city for a new contact centre.

“At this time, Kings Dock is not the preferred site under consideration but positive discussions are on-going in relation to this great opportunity for job creation and growth.”

TCC employs more than 1,200 people in Wirral and runs contact centres for a number of organisations and businesses.

The firm was founded by Asif Hamid, who is the chairman of Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.