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Construction is well underway on the 100,000 sq ft first phase of Prescot Business Park, Knowsley, which when fully developed will create 19,973 sq m ( 215,000 sq ft ) of light industrial and business floorspace and generate nearly 600 jobs.

The planned new employment area is being developed by St Modwen Properties PLC in partnership with Knowsley Council, following the acquisition and remediation of the 12-acre former BICC Pyrotenax industrial complex by the council.

In the first of three phases, 4,645 sq m (50,000 sq ft) of managed light industrial workspace and a 4,645 sq m ( 50,000 sq ft) business village are being created and the next two phases will provide a further mix of speculative light industrial and office buildings.

The first of the light industrial units, from 79 sq m (850 sq ft) to 1,579 sq m (17,000 sq ft) and the business village, comprising six buildings from 102 sq m (1,100 sq ft) to 557 sq m ( 6,000 sq ft) arranged around two courtyards, are scheduled to be available in June.

“The business park will provide an attractive working environment and a very convenient employment location close to the centre of Prescot ,” said Chris Newsome of St Modwen.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member, said: “Knowsley Council is committed to encouraging inward investment, enterprise and employment. The announcement of new office facilities, car parking and access roads for the business park is fantastic news for the regeneration of Prescot and the borough as a whole. This development will help generate further jobs and contribute to Knowsley’s growth.”

CB Richard Ellis is letting agent for the first phase.

For further information contact Chris Newsome of St Modwen (01925 825950). Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771).