Council’s offshore wind investment pays dividends

Up to 50 jobs are to be created at a new facility in Birkenhead, thanks to an investment in the offshore wind sector by Wirral Council.

The new Lightbox business centre has received £895,000 from the local authority, £5m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and has been developed to help companies in the offshore wind sector.

The development consists of six new super energy efficient commercial units, including research, laboratory, and development space, which are now available to lease.

“Wirral has a huge natural advantage in the offshore wind sector, and we are working hard to ensure that everything is in place for renewable energy businesses to make Wirral their home,” said Council Leader, Cllr Phil Davies.

“This innovative new development offers real benefits to the local community and economy by providing state-of-the-art, sustainable accommodation for businesses who are leading the offshore wind sector.

“The new development will help us meet our 2020 pledges as once fully occupied, the development is expected to create more than 50 local jobs, increase inward investment and get local small businesses thriving,” added Cllr Davies.

Lightbox is situated on the outskirts of Birkenhead Town Centre, next to the docks.

Capital and Centric Plc purchased the one acre, former cooked meat plant site from Wirral Council last December, following a development competition.

Capital & Centric’s Michelle Rothwell said: “We are excited to bring Lightbox to the market as the space is really unique, giving our future residents a fantastic opportunity to improve the identity and brand of their business. The site enjoys a prominent position on the drive into Wirral and we are predicting the units to be fully let within the first six months.” 

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues