Sustainable housing provider is first tenant at Birkenhead’s Hythe


Housing provider, Starship Group, is the first tenant to move into Hythe, Peel L&P’s Grade A office site at Wirral Waters and Birkenhead’s first office development in more than a decade.

The innovative net zero modular housing business will use Hythe as its head office to expand its workforce and grow the local business.

Starship designs and constructs carbon zero homes throughout the UK.

It uses modular build technology, and can install homes in just a day and a half.

Its sustainable homes include high grade insulation, to lower energy consumption, while reducing energy bills for residents. Starship also builds high end residential properties along the west of the peninsula.

It was founded in 2020 following the merger of a number of successful property development and construction businesses and it was also behind the installation of three factory-built carbon-zero homes locally in nearby New Ferry.

Starship’s 20-strong head office team will benefit from wellbeing features in Hythe, which was designed to maximise the health and wellbeing of workers and to accommodate the latest innovations in digital connectivity.

The firm will take half of the second floor of Hythe, which it plans to fit out and furnish with a view to occupying in April.

Hythe, which is part-funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, is located in the Four Bridges neighbourhood of Wirral Waters, which already includes Wirral Met College and plans for Egerton Village, a waterside retail, leisure, arts and event space that will provide local amenities and facilities for the businesses and residential communities at Wirral Waters.

Richard Mawdsley, director of development for Wirral Waters at Peel L&P, said: “Starship’s endorsement of Hythe is great news for Wirral Waters. It is fantastic that Wirral businesses, like Starship, are seeing the potential of this great location, along with its outstanding sustainability credentials, and are wanting to return to their local roots.

“We are very excited about our new relationship with Starship Group as our values are very closely aligned and we both believe that further opportunities exist for us to work together in the future.”

Dave Dargan, left, and Richard Mawdsley

Dave Dargan, managing director at Starship Group, said: “We are excited to call Hythe our new home. When looking for a location for our head office, the synergy of innovation, sustainability, and local enterprise between Starship Group and Wirral Waters meant that Hythe was an amazing place to grow our business. We are looking forward to working with Richard and his team at Peel L&P and in playing our part with the exciting plans for the future.”

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said: “As one of the most sustainable buildings in the country, Hythe has all the potential to become one of the North West’s flagship homes for ambitious, environmentally conscious businesses.

“This development couldn’t have arrived at a more important time. Our city region has set an ambitious target to be net carbon zero by 2040 at the latest and, if we are serious about reaching that ambition, we need to have outstanding facilities that will attract like-minded, forward-thinking companies to lay down their roots here. It’s why we invested £3m to help make it happen.”