St Modwen makes a start on Project Jennifer

WORK has finally started on Liverpool’s long-awaited £150m Great Homer Street regeneration project, a year after planning approval was granted.

Yesterday a ground-breaking ceremony was held for the scheme that will include a 114,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s supermarket, 80,000 sq ft of additional retail and nearly 500 homes on 45 acres to the north of the city centre.

It has been in the pipeline for around 10 years but its progress has been hampered by a legal challenge from Tesco, and disputes over the compulsory purchase of around 200 land interests.

St Modwen says 1,000 people will be employed at the development when it is finished in 2016.

Projects director Paul Batho said: “The commencement of main site works is a major landmark for the scheme and represents the substantial investment being made in the city.

“This significant milestone brings more than 10 years of work to fruition and is testament to the support for the project in the local area. We are now in a position to accelerate activity on site, with a view to delivering this major partnership regeneration project by summer 2016.”

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is a day the local community has long waited for. Project Jennifer will transform this part of North Liverpool, providing much needed jobs, shops, homes as well as the new market. It has the support and involvement of the people who live here and now that work has started they will see that what has been a long-term ambition will become a reality.”