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Aerial shot of progress being made on new Kirkby retail development

Latest update on the Kirkby retail development

by Jonathan Kearney

Progress is still being made on the Kirkby town centre retail development despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Knowsley Council is committed to delivering the retail development, including a major supermarket, which had been promised by private sector businesses for over 20 years.  The Council purchased the town centre in November 2019, and work started on the site on 9 December 2019.

Now that the Council owns the town centre, it has been able to bring forward the retail development plans, and progress has continued despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Steelwork is now complete on the new 45,000 feet2 Morrisons superstore and foundation work on the new Home Bargains unit is due to start shortly.

Cladding, glazing, and roofing work is progressing on the stand-alone units including a KFC drive-through restaurant.  The fuel tanks for the new petrol station are also now in place.

Other work being undertaken on the site includes car park drainage and the installation of lighting and CCTV ducting.  The highways work surrounding the site is also well progressed.

Councillor Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Progress on the new retail development is now well and truly visible with steel structures coming out of the ground and some units have cladding and roofs.  It’s actually quite an achievement to have been able to continue to work so well on this much-needed retail offer during the pandemic – the progress which has been made in just under a year is astounding really.”