Network Space purchased the former United Glass site due to its strategic location immediately to the south of St Helens town centre. Prior to Network Space taking control of the site, it had laid largely derelict for sometime and contaminated ground conditions made redevelopment of the site extremely challenging.
Whilst managing and maintaining income to some existing occupiers, Network Space worked closely with St Helens Council and its partners to produce a masterplan for the redevelopment of the site. Planning consent was granted for the reclamation and servicing of the 46 acre derelict site to house an 18,000 capacity stadium for St Helens Rugby League Club and a 145,000 sq ft Tesco Extra.
The stadium was masterplanned within the North Eastern corner of the site and includes extensive facilities for match days and corporate events as well as a club store, refreshment areas and corporate facilities. The Tesco Extra has a gross floor space of 145,000 sq ft and was located at the North West of the site so that adjacent land with low load bearing capacity could be utilised for the food store car park.
Following planning, attention subsequently focussed on working closely with St Helens Council to work up and agree a suitable remediation strategy for the site and also agree a methodology for bringing in the required infrastructure and services to the estate.
The whole scheme was successfully delivered in Autumn 2011 and both the stadium and Tesco Extra have been operational since then.
As part of a separate plan, a high quality residential area of 190 units is being built by house builders Taylor Wimpy to replace the Rugby League Club’s existing ground. The success of this project was entirely dependant upon all aspects of the scheme being delivered. The three cornerstones of the scheme – the former United Glass site, the retail proposition at the current Tesco site and the housing proposal at the Club’s existing ground – were inextricably linked. The town’s previous Tesco outlet has been converted into an alternative retail outlet, which will further rejuvenate the town centre.