Cheshire Councils join forces at the UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum
Showcasing investment opportunities across the Borough.
Cheshire West and Chester Council will share an exhibition stand at this year’s UKReiiF in Leeds with the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, Cheshire East Council and Warrington Borough Council to showcase investment opportunities across the Borough.
The UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum is an annual event attracting national and international investors and developers. The event takes place over three days May 16 to 18 at the Royal Armouries Leeds & Leeds Dock.
This year’s event expects to welcome over 6,000 attendees, including over 750 developers and over 750 investors. The delegates will hear from 500 speakers across 20 stages, and 150 exhibitors.
The Council will be promoting the opportunities available across the borough with a particular emphasis on the Ellesmere Port Industrial Area and the development opportunities in Chester.
At the event the Ellesmere Port Industrial Area will launch its new brand, which will see the industrial area refocused under the brand name ORIGIN as a testament to its past and a recognition of the opportunities and the vision for its future.
ORIGIN already has 1,300 businesses employing 24,100 people. There are four distinctive development zones, that have attracted over £400 million investment to date including Regatta, Jaguar Land Rover / DHL, Westland Horticulture, Marks and Spencer, ESSAR, Peel (Protos), URENCO, Cheshire Oaks, University of Chester (Thornton Science Park) with a further £1.8bn forecast. The Development and Infrastructure Investment Framework identifies the potential opportunity to increase to 1,463 businesses, employing 35,500 people by 2040.
ORIGIN is already at the forefront of advanced plans to respond to the Climate Emergency through several transformational projects. Most significant is HyNet, an industry-led initiative to develop world-leading Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) and Hydrogen Power. Vertex Hydrogen, a key part of Essar Energy Transition is planning investment of nearly £500 million building a new production plant in Ellesmere Port.
The Draft Strategic Regeneration Framework for the Chester City Gateway is a ten-year plan for the railway station and its surrounding land to deliver up to 600 new homes, jobs, community assets, public realm, and transport improvements.
There are seven key places and four major projects across the City Gateway with potential interventions, from both a development and place-making perspective, that could be adopted by the Council, key landowners and developer partners to revitalise this side of the city.
QUOTE: “The Council has ambitious regeneration projects across the borough, work is starting onsite in Winsford and the plans are progressing for Northwich Town Centre. Ellesmere Port town centre is at the start of a project to reimagine the market, create new housing and improve travel from the train station.
“West Cheshire has an excellent record for attracting investment and Leeds will bring together more developers and investors to see for themselves what we have to offer from available industrial land, office space, transport links and the enviable Cheshire countryside to enjoy.
“We’d like to hear from any local businesses planning to attend UKReiiF, so that we can join forces to showcase our investment offers.”