Knowsley Council appoints development partner for Huyton Village revamp

Huyton commercial district proposals

Knowsley Council has chosen a development team to spearhead the 10-year overhaul of its town centre.

Genr8 Kajima Rplanning appegeneration is a consortium currently redevelopment Rochdale town centre.

Last July the council announced the search for a development management partner to help deliver the transformation of Huyton town centre.

The council’s ambitious plans for the town centre, known locally as ‘the Village’, includes a new mixed use commercial development and a network of high quality public spaces and public realm.

The proposed mixed use commercial development will include new homes, a hotel, office space and a new civic campus that will incorporate new council headquarters.

The commercial development will be located on the council’s current seven-acre site in Huyton town centre and set around an attractive new ‘Village Green’.

Further proposals for the village centre include the creation of a leisure-led mixed use development on Derby Road – Huyton’s signature high street – and creating a new station gateway to improve the sense of arrival into Huyton.

The council has submitted a £20m bid to the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund to help support its plans.

The plans are aimed at creating a £50m boost to the town’s economy.

Cllr Tony Brennan, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “Genr8 Kajima Regeneration has a successful track record of delivery and will help us to accelerate our development plans for Huyton.

“We are working hard on our Levelling Up Funding Bid, which would really support us to kick-start our development plans.”

Mike Smith, Genr8 Kajima Regeneration director, said “The proposals are ambitious.”

He added that the scheme will transform the town centre and create an innovative mixed-use environment in which the whole community can thrive, and which will be the catalyst for further regeneration throughout the borough.