Cabinet approves transfer of land for 56 new homes at Norris Green

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Liverpool City Council has agreed the transfer of 2.95 acres of land to Regeneration Liverpool, the joint venture between regeneration specialist, Sigma Inpartnership and the city council.

The land will form Phase 5 of the Norris Green Village (NGV) development, on which the partnership plans to build a further 56 affordable rental homes.

Regeneration Liverpool has already built 249 new homes at the scheme with a further 123 contracted and on site.   These additional homes will take the total units built or contracted to 428 making it a further significant contribution to the Mayoral priority to build 5,000 new homes in the city.

Regeneration Liverpool’s affiliate partner, Countryside, will build 36 two-bedroom, 18 three-bedroom and two four-bedroom semi-detached affordable homes, which will ultimately be managed by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH).

Date of Gateacre public consultation announced

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A public consultation event for the redevelopment of land at Gateacre will take place at Woolton High School, Woolton Hill Road, Woolton, on Wednesday November 19th between 4pm and 8pm.

Following the demolition of the former comprehensive school in 2013, Regeneration Liverpool undertook preliminary site investigations in the area to help understand its suitability for redevelopment.

Regeneration Liverpool has now completed the work and is exploring redevelopment options for the site.

The consultation event will give the public an opportunity to view options, ask the team any questions and provide feedback.

The curtain goes up at the all new St John Bosco Arts College

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Regeneration Liverpool, a joint venture between regeneration specialist Sigma Inpartnership and Liverpool City Council, has completed construction works on the new St John Bosco Arts College in Stonebridge.

The development of the 11,100 sq m, three storey development was undertaken by Regeneration Liverpool’s affiliate partner, Neptune Developments working with Sigma Inpartnership. VINCI Construction UK delivered the project.

The girl’s Catholic comprehensive school, which has 1,100 pupils, has a particular specialism in visual and performing arts. Specific attention to detail was therefore applied to the development of a new performance area, as well as state of the art drama and dance studios.

Celebration marks opening of Rhys Jones centre

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A Celebration Day will mark the official opening of a community centre named in memory of Rhys Jones.

Rhys’s parents, Melanie and Steve Jones will be joined by former Everton star Joe Royle for the opening ceremony on Saturday 31 August at 12 noon.

The idea for the centre arose following the tragic shooting of 11-year-old Rhys in 2007 and a Trust was established to raise funds for a community centre for people living in the Croxteth Park estate and surrounding neighbourhood.

The centre, in Langley Close, has community rooms, two all -weather sports pitches and changing facilities.

It has been funded by a £250,000 contribution from the Rhys Jones Trust and £250,000 from the City Council which also donated the land.

Work Begins on St John Bosco School Development

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Regeneration Liverpool, a joint venture between regeneration specialist Sigma Inpartnership and Liverpool City Council, has begun construction works on the new St John Bosco Arts Collegeas part of its development plans in Stonebridge.

The school construction process will be managed by Regeneration Liverpool’s affiliate partner, Neptune Developments, which has awarded VINCI Construction UK the contract to design and construct a three-storey girls’ arts college in Croxteth,Liverpool.

The development forms part of Mayor Joe Anderson’s targets to deliver 12 new secondary, primary and special schools. Around £170 million is being invested, made up of council funds, borrowing and cash secured through the City Deal that Mayor Anderson negotiated with the Government .

As part of the contract, VINCI has committed to employing local labour and maximising the opportunities for local firms. Similar projects have hit targets of 65 per cent of local people being employed on site and a similar proportion of contracts being let to local firms. It is intended that this project will replicate those numbers.

Plans to develop Queen Mary School site take a leap forward

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Regeneration Liverpool, a joint venture between regeneration specialist Sigma Inpartnership and Liverpool City Council, has recently signed an option agreement with the City to facilitate the redevelopment of the derelict site of a former city school to give it anew lease of life.

Countryside Sigma, an affiliate company of Sigma Inpartnership, will now actively seek to secure planning permission to deliver over 190 high quality new homes on the 12-acre site of the former Queen Mary School. It is intended that half of the new homes will be available to purchase on the open market and the remainder will be available for private rent.

Graeme Hogg, director at Sigma Inpartnership, said: “The development of the Queen Mary School site is a really exciting opportunity for the Partnership to deliver more quality housing for families, couples and individuals in the area. We are delighted to be bringing forward this site and we look forward to working with the local community on the proposals.  I am confident that given the quality of work we are producing at Norris Green Village they will be delighted with the outcome.”

Cabinet approves plans for a Private Equity Fund to help build new homes in Liverpool.

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Additional development sites in Liverpool could be allocated to Regeneration Liverpool, a joint venture between regeneration specialist, Sigma Inpartnership and Liverpool City Council, to help build a further 1000 new homes for Private Rent in Liverpool over the next three years.

Sigma Capital which owns Sigma Inpartnership is in the process of putting together a major private equity fund for the construction of new private rental houses throughout the North West and Midlands – a large portion of which will be built in the Liverpool area.

Graeme Hogg, director at Sigma Capital, said: ”Our fund will deliver significant numbers of homes to the Mayoral target in Liverpool, starting with an initial investment in Norris Green and at the former Queen Mary School site.

“In order to accelerate delivery, we were looking to Council for more geographic diversity of sites, so we are extremely pleased that the paper was approved for the addition of another 1,000 new homes.  We can start to set the wheels in motion for what will ultimately have a major and positive impact on the rental housing market in the city.”

Regeneration Liverpool sets wheels in motion to develop the Lime Street area and the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter

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Regeneration Liverpool, a joint venture between regeneration specialist, Sigma Inpartnership and Liverpool City Council has signed an option agreement on the development of a significant area to the east of Lime Street in Liverpool.

This major city centre development site  forms a gateway to the city for visitors arriving at Lime Street Station and is the main pedestrian route to the universities. Lying to the south and east of Lime Street Station, this large area of land is currently in a state of disrepair, providing a negative impression on the city and it is therefore a council priority in terms of the overall regeneration of the city.    Development sites expected to come through the master plan will be in the region of 3 Ha.

The project will be undertaken in association with Regeneration Liverpool’s affiliate company Neptune Inpartnership, a joint venture between Sigma Inpartnership and Neptune Developments, which was formed in 2012.

Duncan Sutherland outlines Regeneration Liverpool and HS2 projects at FBE Breakfast

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Duncan Sutherland, chairman of Sigma Inpartnership was the guest speaker at the Forum for the Built Environment (FBE) Liverpool branch networking event on Thursday 6th December.

Speaking to an audience of 60 people at The Royal Liver Building, Duncan provided a brief history of his career which is intrinsically linked to Liverpool. Duncan gave an outline of Sigma Inpartnership and its joint venture with Liverpool City Council, Regeneration Liverpool, which is currently regenerating the

Norris Green area of the city region and which has plans for further sites including Lime Street and the Knowledge Quarter.
Duncan also spoke of his involvement on the board of HS2, which will deliver a high speed rail link between the North and the South and in doing so, contribute to major economic growth in the North West region.
Phil Osbourne, founder of the FBE Liverpool branch, said: “Duncan is a well-known figure in Liverpool and we were very pleased to welcome him to the FBE. His speech gave an exciting insight into HS2 and major regeneration in the city and the wider community over the next 15 years.”
The event was sponsored by Grant Thornton. The next FBE Liverpool branch event will take place on Thursday 21st February. For more information go to www.fbeonline.co.uk

Third phase of housing to commence at Norris Green

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Regeneration Liverpool, a partnership between Liverpool City Council and regeneration specialist Sigma Inpartnership, has announced the third phase of development at its £100 million scheme in Norris Green.

The phase will see 63 new homes built by Countryside Sigma, a joint venture between Countryside and Sigma Inpartnership, as part of the on-going redevelopment of the estate.  115 new homes have already been completed at Norris Green Village and construction of the latest phase will start on site in December.

Earlier phases have enjoyed the benefit of a shared equity product to assist first time buyers.  The partnership and the Council are continuing to take shared equity on this latest phase as part of its long term investment in the area.   It is expected that the value of this shared equity will grow as market conditions improve.   The shared equity value is released when the first purchasers sell, or after 10 years, whichever happens first.