New MEA Park targets energy and automotive jobs

Wednesday, 15th March 2017

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Peel has announced plans to capitalise on Wirral’s heritage in the maritime and manufacturing industries with plans for an MEA Park (Marine, Energy and Automotive Park) at West Float.

The MEA Park will be a 1m sq ft industrial park, located within the West Float of the site, targeting manufacturing companies in the key industrial and energy sectors where Wirral has a track record.

It aims to capitalise on the infrastructure around the development and Wirral’s west coast location, with the surrounding motorway and rail infrastructure, airports, and sea access. This includes Peel Ports, the £400 million deepwater container terminal Liverpool 2 and growth of the Superport. It is also the home of global leading firm Cammell Laird.

Wirral Waters already benefits from its status as an Enterprise Zone, as one half of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone. This means companies who invest in the area receive  Enhanced Capital Allowances – one of only six locations in the UK to receive these tax incentives.

Thirty acres of the land is already remediated and ready for companies to move in, while a further 25 acres will be remediated during 2017.

Richard Mawdsley, Director of Development at Peel, said: “The waterfront location means companies can move components by sea. We will be targeting key sectors – offshore wind, tidal and civil nuclear. Companies might need a waterside location to serve the nuclear power stations at Wylfa, Moorside (Cumbria) and Hinkley Point. We’re trying to attract those job opportunities to Wirral Waters.”

The park is also within close proximity of the the automotive cluster across the North West of England that includes Vauxhall, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley and Toyota.

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