By Mersey Maritime
Wirral’s newest attraction for foodies is already proving a hit and one of the people behind the concept says it is “just the start”
Woodside Ferry Village is located within the Woodside ferry terminal building in Birkenhead, offering spectacular views of Liverpool waterfront across the River Mersey.
Invited guests packed out the location for its launch event last Friday evening and enjoyed delicious food samples from well-known local food brands, including Bacaro, Caffe Cream, Sukhothai, Cowfish Smokehouse, EastZEast and the Refreshment Rooms.
The ferry village is the latest example of the food hall to open in Merseyside with Duke Street Food & Drink Market opening in Liverpool city centre just days earlier.
Woodside Area Community Interest Company is behind Woodside Ferry Village and its interim managing director, Sharon Stanton, told LBN the facility will be a catalyst for the start of a wider regeneration of that area of Birkenhead.
“The food hall is just the start – our aim is to get the wider community involved and make this a real place where people come to meet and eat and take part in other activities,” she said.
“Question we have been asking is ‘how do we get people back into Birkenhead?’. The Ferry Village is a starting point and we are looking at more space in Birkenhead. We are part of Woodside Business Park so we are talking to them about what we can do.”
One plan is to bring shipping containers on to the site which would be used for community activities. The CIC is being supported in its efforts by Wirral Chamber of Commerce.
“We did lots of research before we opened the food market, looking at other similar projects elsewhere in the UK and once we started the project it took us just six weeks to get it up and running,” added Sharon.
“We have kept the design very sympathetic to the ferry terminal and the old ticket hall and the views across the river to Liverpool waterfront are just amazing. We really want to give a new lease of life to this part of Birkenhead.”
By Mersey Maritime
Merseyside Pension Fund (MPF) is providing a £13m loan to support a project to supply low carbon energy and hot water to homes and businesses on Liverpool’s waterfront.
Planned for Peel Group’s £5bn Liverpool Waters project, the Heat Network will be delivered by Peel Energy part of Peel Land & Property, and will use underground pipes to transfer heat energy at the Princes and Central Docks, and northern areas of the scheme.
District heat networks are more common in Scandinavia than the UK and operate on a straightforward principle: hot water is generated by a central source and sent through pipes around a district to provide heating and hot water. The process can also generate electricity.
Peel Energy has established a dedicated energy supply company which will build, own and operate the Heat Network. Completion is expected in 2023 and once complete, the first phase will provide up to 19 gigawatt hours of heat energy every year to consumers at Liverpool Waters and the wider waterfront area.
Liverpool Waters is an ongoing project that is seeing the creation of thousands of homes, commercial space, new cruise terminal and hotel and a new stadium for Everton Football Club.
CBRE’s Investment Advisory team, part of CBRE Capital Advisors, arranged a £13m senior loan facility on behalf of MPF which will facilitate the development of two temporary energy centres as well as initial underground pipes to transfer the heat energy.
The funding marks the third investment backed by the Penson Fund’s Catalyst Vehicle since its establishment in 2017 and meets the ‘Catalyst’ criteria of supporting projects that support the economy in the Liverpool city region.
Muir Miller, managing director of Peel Energy, said: “So far, the UK has made great progress in de-carbonising the electricity sector but more needs to be done on heating and transport emissions.
“This is the first phase of a 10-year project, which we hope will eventually supply around 9,000 homes and numerous businesses along Liverpool’s waterfront. The scheme clearly demonstrates Peel L&P’s intent to play a significant part in tackling carbon dioxide emissions.”
The UK Government supports deployment of this combined heat and power technology as part of the UK’s drive to reduce carbon emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050, encouraging its use where possible in new and existing buildings.
Cllr Pat Cleary, chair of MPF, added: “Catalyst Fund represents MPF’s commitment to local development and regeneration making a positive impact on the communities its stakeholders live, work and retire into while seeking commercial return for its members. We are pleased to have made our third Catalyst Fund investment which will provide cost effective heat and power solution to up to 9,000 homes and 4m sq ft of commercial space with cleaner CHP technology.”