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Dec 2016 - ST. MODWEN IS DRIVING FORWARD WITH THE MULTI-MILLION REGENERATION OF GREAT HOMER STREET

ST. MODWEN IS DRIVING FORWARD WITH THE MULTI-MILLION REGENERATION OF GREAT HOMER STREET

 

REGENERATION specialist St. Modwen has officially named a new link road Jennifer Avenue at the £150 million ‘Project Jennifer’ scheme at Great Homer Street in north Liverpool.

On Friday 16 December, St. Modwen was joined by Assistant Mayor Nick Small, Bishop Tom Williams, key stakeholders and Jennifer Sutton, who the project and road were named after 20 years ago, for an official naming ceremony.

The regeneration of the area was named ‘Project Jennifer’ after the niece of the Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, Tom Williams. Bishop Williams was a founding member of a group of people from the Great Homer Street area who were calling for change in the 1990’s. He suggested the name while he was in his former role as the parish priest of St. Anthony’s Church on Scotland Road.

Although Project Jennifer was only ever meant as a temporary name, it has been associated with the scheme ever since and has become a symbol of the united community in this area of the city.

Project Jennifer, which is being delivered by St. Modwen in partnership with Liverpool City Council, will create more than 1,000 jobs in the North Liverpool Mayoral Development Zone.

As part of this regeneration project major road improvements have been made, including the new junction linking Scotland Road to Great Homer Street, as well as improved links to Everton Park. Jennifer Avenue, will serve as the main access to the new Sainsbury’s foodstore, McDonald’s restaurant and district centre.

Jennifer Avenue will be open to the public at 10am on Tuesday 20 December.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “We are pleased to welcome Bishop Williams and his niece Jennifer for the naming of the new link road. Jennifer Avenue is a major milestone in the delivery of the regeneration scheme at Great Homer Street.

“Today also celebrates the partnership between Liverpool City Council and St. Modwen in delivering the project. We must also thank the stakeholder group who have supported the scheme over so many years.

“Having agreed deals on more than 90% of the new accommodation at Great Homer Street and with construction of the new district centre underway and the new Sainsbury’s foodstore due to open in May 2017, the new investment and jobs will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of north Liverpool.”

Jennifer Sutton, née Johnstone, was born in Liverpool before moving to Essex at the age of two. She now lives in Rayleigh, Essex with her husband and two young children Edie aged seven and Will, 10. Having studied art at the University of Liverpool, Jennifer returns to the area to visit her uncle and the rest of the family as often as she can.

Jennifer said: “It’s a huge honour to be here today to mark such an important milestone in the regeneration of this area. Growing up it was lovely to have my name associated with such a meaningful project and it’s wonderful that after so many years to see the development making significant progress.”

Bishop Williams said: “The regeneration of Great Homer Street has been a long time coming and I’m delighted with St. Modwen’s plans to revitalise the area. When finished next year, it will bring a new lease of life to this part of Liverpool and create a place that local people can be proud of.”

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: “Project Jennifer is a vital piece of the regeneration jigsaw in north Liverpool and it’s a hugely symbolic moment for the scheme that Jennifer Way is opening. It’s great to see progress being made so swiftly as the investment, jobs and new homes will breathe much needed new life into the community and will also act as a vital catalyst in the economic development of the wider area.”

The link road has been constructed by St. Modwen’s contractors, A E Yates.

Construction of the new Sainsbury’s and district centre, which are due to open in May 2017, are now underway.

Photo caption: Left to right (back row): Paul Batho, Project Director – St. Modwen, Bishop Williams, Assistant Mayor Nick Small. (front row) Will Sutton, Jennifer Sutton and Edie Sutton attend the official opening of Jennifer Avenue.

Dec 2016 - MCDONALDS TO OPEN AT GREAT HOMER STREET SCHEME

Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has signed a deal to bring McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd to its £150 million ‘Project Jennifer’ scheme in north Liverpool.

St. Modwen has exchanged an agreement with the restaurant chain to bring forward a two-storey building which comprises 2,787 sq ft of ground floor and 2,648 sq ft of first floor accommodation plus 37 external car parking spaces.

The restaurant will create 75 full and part time jobs as it opens to the public spring next year.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “To secure such a high-profile restaurant operator is a real endorsement of the Great Homer Street scheme and is one of several national brands who will be opening up new outlets at the scheme next year.

“We have now agreed deals on over 90% of the new accommodation at Great Homer Street. Construction of the new district centre and the new Sainsbury’s foodstore is underway and later this month we will be opening the link road, Jennifer Way, to the public which forms the main access to the scheme as well as connecting Scotland Road to Great Homer Street.

“We are in detailed discussions with other potential occupiers for the scheme and are looking forward to making further announcements in the New Year.”

Adam Brand, Senior Acquisitions Surveyor for McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd said: “We are really excited to be part of the Great Homer Street Scheme and to be able to work with St. Modwen on the development. The drive-thru restaurant will provide significant investment for the area and we look forward to welcoming customers in spring next year.”

Liverpool based Hitchcock Wright and Colliers are joint agents on the scheme and are currently marketing the remaining retail space.

Nov 2016 - ST. MODWEN TEACHES SITE SAFETY TO LIVERPOOL SCHOOL CHILDREN

ST. MODWEN TEACHES SITE SAFETY TO LIVERPOOL SCHOOL CHILDREN

Pupils at Faith Primary School received a lesson in site safety recently by regeneration specialist St. Modwen, the developer behind the transformation of Great Homer Street. 

St. Modwen joined forces with construction partner Caddick Construction to host a special assembly for the school children.

The assembly highlighted the importance of health and safety around live construction sites and covered the various hazards that can be found on site.

The Considerate Constructor mascot Honor Goodsite visited an assembly and asked the children, aged seven to 11 years, to identify the large machinery and other potential dangers, including deep holes and scaffolding. The pupils were also invited to try on high visibility jackets and safety helmets.

Created by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, Honor Goodsite is the UK construction industry’s new female mascot. Joining Ivor Goodsite, the schemes other successful mascot who has visited more than 26,000 school children across the UK in the last 12 months, Honor teaches children about building site safety, protective equipment and inspires them to consider a career in construction.

Paul Mackenzie, head teacher at Faith Primary School, said: “There’s a high level of construction work ongoing in the area surrounding the school so it was a really useful for us to have St. Modwen come in and teach the children how to stay safe around these sites. By the end of the assembly, the children could identify the various hazards that can be found on site, such as falling objects and heavy machinery.”

Following the assembly, the pupils were invited to take part in a poster competition, where they were tasked with highlighting the key safety messages covered in the assembly.

St. Modwen will select the winning entries, which will be displayed on the hoardings around the development site at Great Homer Street. The posters will be used to promote site safety to residents and passers-by.

Paul Batho, projects director for St. Modwen at Great Homer Street, said: “A building site might seem like a great place to explore but in reality, they can be extremely dangerous, especially for children looking for somewhere to play. Therefore, it is so important for St. Modwen to work with local schools and raise awareness of the hazards to keep pupils safe.”

Debbie Watson, marketing manager for Caddick Construction, said: “Visiting Faith Primary School was a lovely experience. The children enjoyed learning about the ins and outs of a building site, including the dangers that can be present on a live site. They were pleased to meet Honor Goodsite.

“As members of the Considerate Constructors scheme, we’re committed to operating safely and considerately in the communities where we work, including educating local children about safety on building sites and about careers in the construction industry.”

Great Homer Street is currently being transformed through a £150 million regeneration scheme that will bring a supermarket, shops, homes and improved public spaces to the area. The regeneration will have a continued positive economic, social and environmental impact, leaving behind a positive legacy that communities will be able to enjoy for years to come.

Photo caption: Honor Goodsite giving a lesson in site safety to children from Faith Primary School.

Nov 2016 - HOME BARGAINS SIGNS TO GREAT HOMER STREET

Home Bargains

Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has signed up Home Bargains to its £150 million ‘Project Jennifer’ scheme on Great Homer Street in Liverpool.

St. Modwen has agreed a lease with Home Bargains to occupy a 20,000 sq ft unit at the scheme’s District Centre which is set to open to the public next summer.

Founded in Liverpool and headquartered within the city, TJ Morris Ltd, the parent company of Home Bargains, has grown the brand into one of the UK’s most popular and highly rated retailers.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “A successful, local and national brand, TJ Morris is the largest employer on Merseyside and is the largest independent grocer in the country. We’re really pleased to announce its commitment to Great Homer Street where over 70 new jobs will be created.

“We’re seeing real progress being made on site with construction work having begun on the new Sainsbury’s supermarket earlier this month. Home Bargains commitment to Great Homer Street will further strengthen the attractiveness of the new District Centre.

“We are currently in detailed discussions with other potential occupiers and we are looking forward to making further announcements in the near future.”

Joe Morris, Operations Director at Home Bargains, said: “This is a historic location for Home Bargains.  The Great Homer Street area is where our families retail roots began.  We are thrilled to be opening here and welcoming new customers through the door to offer our customers top branded goods at exceptionally low prices”.

Liverpool based Hitchcock Wright and Colliers are joint agents on the scheme and are currently marketing the remaining new retail space which is still available.  bennett represented the tenant and are retained nationally by Home Bargains.

Oct 2016 - CONSTRUCTION WORK GETS UNDERWAY ON PROJECT JENNIFER

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Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has started construction work on the £150 million regeneration scheme ‘Project Jennifer’ on Great Homer Street in Liverpool.
The transformation of Great Homer Street will bring a new supermarket, district centre, homes and improved public spaces to North Liverpool.

Sainsbury’s has appointed building and civil engineering contractors McLaughlin & Harvey to build the new 67,000 sq ft supermarket and started on site at the end of September.

St. Modwen has appointed Caddick Construction to develop the new district centre and work will get underway in the coming weeks.
Project Jennifer, which is being delivered by St. Modwen in partnership with Liverpool City Council and Sainsbury’s, will create more than 1,000 jobs in the North Liverpool Mayoral Development Zone.

As well as a new Sainsbury’s store, this major regeneration project will bring 80,000 sq ft of retail space, 900 free customer car parking spaces, a petrol filling station, and a McDonald’s restaurant.

Major road improvements have been made, including a new junction linking Scotland Road to Great Homer Street and there will be improved links to Everton Park. The new ‘Greatie’ market facility formed an earlier phase of the scheme and opened its doors in 2014. There have been 102 new homes built, including 81 apartments specifically designed for the over 55s.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “The commencement of construction work of the new Sainsbury’s and the district centre is a major milestone in the delivery of the regeneration of Great Homer Street and begins the countdown to project completion next year. There is a substantial investment being made in this part of the city and, when complete, Sainsbury’s and the new District Centre will boost the local economy bringing much needed jobs and vibrancy to this important part of the city.”

Nick Alston, Sainsbury’s Project Manager overseeing the build of the store, said: “This scheme has been a long time in the making and we’re delighted to be on site building our Great Homer Street store.  As a large supermarket, once complete, it will provide over 220 new local jobs, and will offer the local community a great range of both food and general merchandise on their doorstep.”

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: ‘’Project Jennifer has been a keystone development that I was so keen to get underway as it had been delayed for many reasons and over a number of years. The project underlines what can be achieved when the public and private sector work together. This new investment, the new jobs and the new houses will all breathe new life into the community and will act as a vital catalyst in the wider regeneration of north Liverpool. I’m delighted to see the work has begun and much like the work in nearby Anfield look forward to its completion.’’

To mark the milestone, St. Modwen and Sainsbury’s joined the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Cabinet Member for Regeneration Cllr Malcolm Kennedy on site for a celebration to mark the official start of the construction phase of this popular project.

They were also joined by Beth Allen, a Year 9 student at Notre Dame Catholic College, who is the North West regional winner of a photography competition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of St. Modwen. In the competition Beth visited the Great Homer Street site and was asked to capture the theme of place making through the medium of photography - exploring what community, architecture or urban design means to them. She has now gone through to the national final.

Mr Batho added: “Project Jennifer has been made possible due to a fantastic collaboration between partners underpinned by the community spirit, support and involvement of so many people from the local area. Now construction work is underway we will quickly see the huge transformation of Great Homer Street taking place.”

St. Modwen and Sainsbury’s will now progress with the build of the new supermarket and district centre, which are due to open in May 2017. Later this year, the new link road ‘Jennifer Avenue’ will also open to the public.

Photo caption: Beth Allen joins (l to r) Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, Nick Alston - Sainsbury’s Project Manager, Alan Bowyer - site manager Great Homer Street Caddick Construction, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, Paul Batho - Projects Director for St. Modwen, Steven Knowles - Regional Director North West for St. Modwen and Nick Kavanagh, Liverpool City Council.

 

Sep 2016 - ST.MODWEN ANNOUNCES NATIONAL FINALISTS FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOOLS PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

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Notre Dame Catholic College shortlisted in Liverpool

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, today announces the seven finalists for its national schools photography competition in celebration of the Company’s 30th anniversary.

Entitled ‘Making Places’, the competition was launched in April this year to secondary schools across England and Wales, asking GCSE art students to capture the theme of place making through the medium of photography.

Over 400 students across the UK took part in the competition which involved a series of individual schools workshops hosted by Stephen Burke, photographer for the Telegraph and the Financial Times and a member of award-winning, contemporary art organisation ‘WERK’*.

Between April and June, the workshops took place at individual St. Modwen development sites across the UK. They provided the students with insightful guidance on how to encapsulate the theme of place making and a sense of community through photography, in addition to offering careers advice in this field.

In July, each participating school submitted their best entry from which the seven finalists have now been selected with Notre Dame Catholic College leading the charge in Liverpool.

Commenting on the competition and Notre Dame Catholic College’s shortlisted entry, Stephen Burke says: “We have had an overwhelming response to the competition and a very high standard of entry. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the workshops and engaging with the schools.

“Beth Allen’s entry from Notre Dame Catholic Colleges was shortlisted because it captured the essence of place making, taken from her own perspective of her feet on the pedals of a JCB. The photograph shows the starting point from where the 'Making Places' approach starts through the creation of new built environments.

“The seven finalists should be congratulated on each their entries and we look forward to unveiling the winner on the 27 September.”

Steven Knowles, North West regional director for St Modwen, said: “Increasingly, we are building new schools and colleges as part of our UK-wide regeneration programme. To date we have delivered a new University campus, three colleges and three new schools and currently have 13 more such projects planned in our development pipeline.

“With a robust schools engagement programme already in place we wanted to use our 30th anniversary to link education with regeneration, art and urban design. Not only has the photography competition achieved this but it has also enabled us to capture what regeneration looks like in 2016. Furthermore, the participating students are growing up with live regeneration projects on their doorstep and the competition has helped them to explore and appreciate the history of their community whilst understanding what it is that gives it a true sense of place and identity”.

Beth’s entry focusses on St. Modwen’s Great Homer Street development in North Liverpool, aka Project Jennifer. Great Homer Street is currently being transformed through a £150 million regeneration scheme that will bring a supermarket, shops, homes and improved public spaces to the area. The transformation will have a continued positive economic, social and environmental impact, leaving behind a positive legacy that communities will be able to enjoy for years to come.

The winning photograph will be judged by a panel of industry leading judges and announced on 27 September at a ceremony hosted by the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. The ceremony will follow a morning ‘place making workshop’ by Max Farrell at Sir Terry Farrell’s architectural practice in London. The winning prize is state of the art camera and £3,000 towards the school’s art department.

For more information on St. Modwen’s 30th anniversary and the national schools competition, please click here.

 

Sep 2016 - ST. MODWEN SPONSORS ST. ANTHONY'S CHURCH BEER FESTIVAL FOR TENTH YEAR RUNNING

St. Modwen is to be the main sponsor of the popular St Anthony’s Church Beer festival, ‘Ales from the Crypt’. Please click here to view on the Entirely North West website.

 

Aug 2016 - LIVERPOOL ECHO: STUNNING AERIAL IMAGES CHART PROJECT JENNIFER PROGRESS

The scale of the £150m Project Jennifer scheme has been revealed in stunning aerial photographs. Please click here to view on the Liverpool Echo website.

 

Jul 2016 - RETAIL GIANT COMMITS TO GREAT HOMER STREET REGENERATION SCHEME

REGENERATION specialist St. Modwen has signed-up B&M Retail Ltd to its £150 million ‘Project Jennifer’ scheme on Great Homer Street in Liverpool.

Speke based B&M was formed in 1978 and is one of the UK’s fastest growing retailers. The brand now operates more than 500 stores and employs some 22,500 staff nationwide.

B&M will be opening one of its larger store formats which will incorporate a garden centre when it launches in spring 2017, creating more than 60 jobs for local people in a welcome boost to the local economy.

Customers can expect to find a wide variety of branded products including toys, food & drink, pet products, health & beauty and electricals in their new store. The store will also boast an extensive DIY, decorating and furniture range, and garden equipment.

The store forms part of the new District Centre currently under development by St. Modwen in partnership with Liverpool City Council and construction is due to start in September.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “We are delighted to have such a high profile successful national retailer committing to the Great Homer Street scheme.

“We are currently in detailed discussions with other potential occupiers and we are looking forward to making further announcements about other occupiers in the future.”

A B&M spokesperson said: “We’re feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.

“We are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door next year.”

Liverpool based Hitchcock Wright and Colliers are joint agents on the scheme and are currently marketing the remaining new retail space which is available across four additional units.

 

Jun 2016 - SNAP HAPPY STUDENTS CAPTURE THE REGENERATION OF GREAT HOMER STREET

Students from Notre Dame Catholic College have captured the regeneration of Great Homer Street through the lens – as part of a photography competition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of regeneration specialist St. Modwen.

St. Modwen invited Year 10 students to the Great Homer Street development site recently for a workshop led by Telegraph and the Financial Times photographer Stephen Burke.

The competition is asking students to capture the theme of place making through the medium of photography - exploring what community, architecture or urban design means to them.

Notre Dame Catholic College falls within the regeneration of St. Modwen’s Great Homer Street scheme, aka Project Jennifer, which will transform one of the most deprived parts of North Liverpool with a new supermarket, new shops and improved public spaces and new homes.

Paul Batho, project director at St. Modwen, said: “The aim of this competition is to inspire, excite and support the next generation on the regeneration of the area and at the same time enhance the students’ photographic skills with access to industry experts.

“Great Homer Street is a major project for St. Modwen and we’re keen to involve the local community as much as possible throughout the build process and beyond. It’s been refreshing to bring some of the students onto the site and introduce them to different elements of the scheme.

“I look forward to seeing the photographs the students captured for their interpretation of the work that is evolving on their doorstep.”

Christine Kenny, Head of Art and Design at Notre Dame Catholic College, said: “The competition has provided a fantastic opportunity for students to put their photography skills to the test and understand how St. Modwen is regenerating the Great Homer Street area.

“It’s great for students to get involved at this level and experience the different elements and impacts of such a huge scheme. We’re hoping to work closely with St. Modwen as the developments continues and bring elements of the process into our classrooms.”

The competition, open to 30 secondary schools across England and Wales, asks GCSE art students to capture the theme of place making through the medium of photography.

Each of the 30 participating schools will put forward their best entry, from which a shortlist of seven will be selected by a panel of judges. The national final will take place in September where the winner will be announced and awarded with a state of the art camera and £3,000 towards the school’s art department.

Oct 2015 - PROJECT JENNIFER TIMINGS CONFIRMED

Timings for the delivery of the £150 million regeneration of Great Homer Street have been confirmed in another positive step forward for the vital North Liverpool regeneration scheme.

A planning application for the new large format Sainsbury’s food store will be submitted, and Sainsbury’s plans to begin construction on site in summer next year, with the store opening in spring 2017. The revised planning application will take into account changes in retail and customer shopping requirements since Sainsbury’s committed to Project Jennifer in 2010. The store will be smaller than originally planned, but still comprises 40,000 sq ft*, offering Sainsbury’s full range of good and services, including a café.

The project, locally known as “Project Jennifer”, broke ground last November and site preparation works are due to complete this month. In addition, the £4 million highway works phase of the scheme, which includes improvements to Great Homer Street and Scotland Road, together with a new link road and junction between the two, are underway and expected to complete in summer next year.

New retail units comprising 80,000 sq ft will also be constructed and will open to coincide with the new Sainsbury’s store. St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has already begun demolition of the existing buildings on site to make way for these facilities and work is due to complete before the end of this year.

Christian Wakelin, Property Development Manager for Sainsbury’s said: “We’re looking forward to opening our new store in 2017.  However since our proposals were first announced, the food retail market and customer shopping patterns have changed considerably which is why we are submitting revised plans for a smaller store to Liverpool Council. We look forward to a decision being made in the coming months.”

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “Work on site at Project Jennifer has progressed significantly over the last year, with site preparation and remediation now almost complete and the highway works about to begin. Revising the plans to ensure that the Sainsbury’s store is in keeping with what customers want is essential. We are pleased that Project Jennifer is moving forwards and we look forward to opening the new district centre in 2017.”

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “While these changes are slightly disappointing, they don't change the fact that Project Jennifer is part of a radical transformation and still represents a huge investment in the area. This week's opening of the new Evertro wheels park, the new school we have built and the hugely successful new Greatie Market, alongside Project Jennifer, show the city's commitment to investing in a successful and deliverable vibrant new start for the area.”

This major regeneration scheme, which has been much needed and wanted by the local community for many years, will transform this part of North Liverpool. It will create more than 1,000 jobs and provide a district centre for the area, as well as improved public spaces and road improvements. The commencement of main site works represents the substantial investment being made in the city and brings more than 10 years of work to fruition. It is testament to the support for the project in the local area.

Oct 2015 - ST. MODWEN SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY CONTINUES WITH TWO SPONSORSHIPS

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has committed to sponsor two projects for the community in North Liverpool: the first glow-in-the-dark wheels park in the UK, Evertro, and the “Ales From The Crypt” Beer Festival at St. Antony’s Church on Scotland Road.

Evertro is a new public art space by leading South Korean artist Koo Jeong A, in association with Wheelscape Skateparks. It has been commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, in partnership with Friends of Everton Park, the Land Trust and Liverpool Vision. The state of the art wheels park is now open to skaters and BMX bikers to use and enjoy. St. Modwen, the developer behind the Project Jennifer regeneration scheme, has provided funding for the glow-in-the-dark paint for the permanent sculpture.

The St. Anthony’s Beer Festival, is held partially in the magnificent historic crypt situated directly beneath St. Anthony’s giving the event its unique character. This year, the festival opens on Thursday 15th October at 7pm and will offer over 35 different beers and ciders. The festival runs until Saturday 17th October with sessions running from 1pm until 5pm on the Saturday afternoon. St. Modwen is the main sponsor for the event and has supported the Beer Festival since it was established eight years ago.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “We have been working for many years with the community and residents within the Great Homer Street area, and, as a regeneration specialist, we take our responsibilities to the community seriously. Evertro and the Beer Festival are fantastic initiatives to bring the community together so we were keen to be involved. Project Jennifer will deliver a substantial transformation for North Liverpool by creating a new distinct centre and it is great to be able to support these two important initiatives while we are progressing with the development phase on site.”

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “Evertro is a reflection of our commitment to bring art into the city and into the everyday lives of people. Just as the Snowdrop sails the Mersey as a living work of art by Sir Peter Blake, Koo Jeong A has had an amazing opportunity to work with people in Everton.”

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, is leading on the £150 million regeneration of Great Homer Street, which includes a Sainsbury’s supermarket, 80,000 sq ft

Oct 2015 - EVERTRO, THE FIRST GLOW-IN-THE-DARK WHEELS PARK IN THE UK, OPENS IN EVERTON PARK

The UK’s first glow-in-the-dark wheels park opens to the public on Tuesday 6 October. Evertro is a new public art commission for the city by Koo Jeong A, in association with Wheelscape Skateparks. It is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, in partnership with Friends of Everton Park, the Land Trust and Liverpool Vision, and is part of the new Everton Park Action Sports HUB.

This permanent sculpture is a new artwork for the city and a state of the art wheels park, open to skaters and BMX bikers to use and enjoy. Key parts of the wheels park structure have been painted with phosphorescent paint which glows at night, provided by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen. The wheels park is part of the new Everton Park Action Sports HUB, which also incorporates a training area and BMX track. All facilities are designed for in-line skates, scooters, BMX bikes and skateboards.

Leading South Korean artist Koo Jeong A, in association with specialist designers Wheelscape Skateparks, worked with young people from North Liverpool and skaters to devise the new wheels park for Everton Park. Familiar skating features have been combined with new sculptural elements to create a unique space for experimentation. The artist’s design for the central bowl, which includes glow-in-the-dark features, responds to its immediate surroundings in Everton and is intended to offer visitors a space for contemplation.

This is the flagship project of a citywide scheme initiated by Mayor Joe Anderson, and funded by Liverpool City Council, to design and build five wheels parks in Liverpool. Other sites include Dingle Bank, Otterspool, Newsham Park and Norris Green.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Evertro promises to be a spectacular new feature for this part of North Livepool. Not only will it add yet another facility for skaters and BMX riders – something which the city’s young people have told us they want – but it will be a dramatic piece of public art. And it is a project the local community have really embraced and become involved with. They have worked very closely with Koo Jeong A to make this a reality. I am delighted to have been able to support this fantastic facility.”

Artist Koo Jeong A, said: “Working as an artist in the community of Everton has been a fascinating process. What appealed to me about this is the way that the entire community has worked together in a harmonious way to create this project. It has been an inspiration to work on this new public commission for Everton and to make it truly a project for the people who live there.”

John Hutchison, Friends of Everton Park, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Koo, who has thrown herself wholeheartedly into the project, participating in the whole process with creating a brand new experience for our community. We hope Evertro and the wider Everton Park Action Sports HUB will be a beacon for young people, to learn and enjoy the thrill of all kinds of wheel-based sports.”

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “This commission is a reflection of our commitment to bringing art into the city and into the everyday lives of people. Just as the Snowdrop sails the Mersey as a living work of art by Sir Peter Blake, Koo Jeong A has had an amazing opportunity to work with people in Everton.”

The introduction of Evertro has been supported by the Land Trust. They are working with Liverpool City Council to secure the long-term management and maintenance of the park, in conjunction with their community partners, Friends of Everton Park.

St. Modwen, the developer behind the Project Jennifer regeneration, is a sponsor of the project, providing funding for the glow in the dark paint for the park.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “Working for many years with the community in the area, we know that this park will make a big difference to people locally. We take our CSR responsibiltiies seriously and it is great to be able to support this worthwhile initiative.”

May 2015 - ST. MODWEN DONATES PROJECT JENNIFER MATERIALS TO FRIENDS OF EVERTON PARK

Friends of Everton Park will benefit from a donation of materials for its nature garden from the nearby Great Homer Street site.

The developer behind Project Jennifer is recycling oak timber beams recovered in the demolition works carried out on site to date by donating them to the Park’s Friends group.

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, is leading on the £150 million regeneration of Great Homer Street and the demolition on site will make way for the scheme, which includes a Sainsbury’s supermarket, 80,000 sq ft of new retail units, 900 free customer car parking spaces, a petrol filling station, and transport improvements.

The recycled oak timber beams, delivered by Prescot contractor Badgers, will be used in ongoing work in creating and regenerating the city Park and community engagement with local schools at the Nature Garden in Everton Park.

Dr Simon Abrams, Friends of Everton Park, said: “We don’t have big funds and rely largely on volunteers, so every little bit helps and this is a great boost to us. We are trying to maintain and improve Everton Park and open it more often for the use of local school children and the general public and we will use these fabulous beams to produce an outstanding and innovative piece that is both useful and beautiful in the Nature Garden. We hope to continue to work closely with St. Modwen to make the best possible connection between the Great Homer Street scheme and the refurbished Park. Both will benefit the area immensely.”

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “Friends of Everton Park is one of a number of community groups that operates at the centre of the local community here at Great Homer Street so we were keen to support their work. As a regeneration specialist, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and recycling materials where they are safe and reusable to give them a new purpose that the whole community can enjoy is an important part of the work we do.

“Work on Project Jennifer is progressing and enabling works are continuing. Remediation works have begun on the west side of Great Homer Street and are due to start shortly on the east side. We will hand the site over to Sainsbury’s this summer, with opening expected to take place during 2016. The retail units on the eastern side of the scheme will also open next year. We are pleased that Project Jennifer is moving forwards and we look forward to opening the first phase.”

This major regeneration scheme, which has been much needed and wanted by the local community for many years, will transform this part of North Liverpool. It will create more than 1,000 jobs and provide a new retail offer in the area, as well as improved public spaces and road improvements. The commencement of main site works represents the substantial investment being made in the city and brings more than 10 years of work to fruition. It is testament to the support for the project in the local area.

Nov 2014 - PROJECT JENNIFER REGENERATION MOVES TOWARDS DELIVERY

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has begun work on site for the £150 million regeneration of Great Homer Street, after more than a decade of hard work and preparation.

A ground-breaking ceremony, attended by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, marked the official start of work on the scheme, known locally as ‘Project Jennifer’. Representatives from the community attended to celebrate the milestone.

Project Jennifer, which is being delivered by St. Modwen in partnership with Liverpool City Council, will create more than 1,000 jobs and is a scheme that is much needed and wanted by the community.

As well as a 110,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s supermarket*, this major regeneration project will bring 80,000 sq ft of retail, 900 free customer car parking spaces, a petrol filling station and homes. Major road improvements will be made, including a new junction linking Scotland Road to Great Homer Street and improved links to Everton Park. The new ‘Greaty’ market facility also opened its doors in Dryden Street last month as part of the scheme.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “The commencement of main site works is a major landmark for the scheme and represents the substantial investment being made in the city. This significant milestone brings more than 10 years of work to fruition and is testament to the support for the project in the local area. We are now in a position to accelerate activity on site, with a view to delivering this major partnership regeneration project by summer 2016.”

Mayor Anderson said: “This is a day the local community has long waited for. Project Jennifer will transform this part of North Liverpool, providing much needed jobs, shops, homes as well as the new market.

“It has the support and involvement of the people who live here and now that work has started they will see that what has been a long-term ambition will become a reality.”

To mark the milestone, St. Modwen ran a competition with pupils at Notre Dame College to create designs for the site hoardings, which were unveiled to the public as part of the ground-breaking ceremony. The winning designs were created by 14 old Christina Leong and Harry Odubo, also 14, and showcase the theme of community.

Mr Batho continued: “Project Jennifer is a result of community collaboration and so we wanted to ensure that we involved people from the immediate area in this important milestone. By working in partnership with Notre Dame College, we have been able to bring to life the community spirit in the area so that passers-by can see what this means to local people.”

Andrew Sanderson, Sainsbury's Regional Development Manager, said "This is a project we first became involved in many years ago and this is an important step forward with Project Jennifer and the regeneration of the Great Homer Street area.  We will take control of our site and be starting work next year and look forward to becoming involved with the local community"

St. Modwen began enabling works at the site earlier this year, preparing the site for development, including the rerouting of utilities for the area and the demolition of some buildings on the site.

Sainsbury’s will begin development of its store in summer 2015, with opening expected to take place during summer 2016. The retail units on the eastern side of the scheme will also open during summer 2016.

Feb 2014 - GREATY RESIDENTS GATHER TO CELEBRATE START OF PROJECT JENNIFER

With work due to start on site this Spring, members of the local community at Great Homer Street have gathered to celebrate the project that they have been waiting 13 years for finally coming to fruition. Local residents and business owners have joined together to show a united front as developer St. Modwen gears up to begin preparation works at the site. 

The local community have been campaigning for this much-needed project for over a decade and are delighted that ground breaking is now just around the corner. Ann Roach, local resident and Chair of West Everton Community has been fighting for the scheme since day one.

She said: “I have lived in the local community all my life and have been visiting the market since I was a child so I’m thrilled to see the regeneration finally gathering pace. Being an active member of the local community, I know that the jobs that Project Jennifer is set to bring will really help improve employability in the area, which will boost morale.

“We’ve waited a long time for new shopping facilities for people to enjoy. The scheme has brought new hope to people in the area and I for one cannot wait to see Greaty coming back to life after all these years.”

Joy Bowes, local market trader and representative of the indoor market, said: “I have been attending the planning meetings for this project for 13 years and am looking forward to work finally getting underway. The redevelopment is long-overdue for the local community and having such a great scheme on our doorstep will be fantastic. 

“As a representative from the indoor market, I am really looking forward to moving to our new home at Dryden Street, which is really close to where the market originally started. The new market will bring all of the traders under one roof and in my opinion is well positioned; it’s not too far from our current location but it will be closer to the town centre, right on the main bus route and near to the new supermarket and shops. I’m convinced that it will be a success.”

Karen Rhodes, local market trader, added: “I’ve been at the indoor market for over seven years now and in my eyes the move can only be a positive thing. It will bring us all together under one roof and will be a much better set up.”

The scheme, known locally as Project Jennifer, is being led by St. Modwen in partnership with Liverpool City Council and is estimated to create 1,000 new jobs. In addition to the new market, the project will include a new flagship Sainsbury’s supermarket, which will be the largest supermarket in the city, as well as new retail space, a petrol filling station, around 900 free customer car parking spaces.

The scheme will also deliver transport improvements to Great Homer Street and enhanced links to Everton Park, together with a new link road between Great Homer Street and Scotland Road.

Jan 2014 - ST. MODWEN UNVEILS NEW IMAGERY OF GREAT HOMER STREET SCHEME

New images of the Great Homer Street regeneration scheme have been revealed today by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen, as the developer prepares for work to start on site in the spring.

The scheme, known locally as Project Jennifer, is being led by St. Modwen in partnership with Liverpool City Council and is estimated to create 1,000 new jobs. The new images show the new flagship Sainsbury’s supermarket, which will be the largest supermarket in the city, as well as some of the development’s 80,000 sq ft of new retail space.

The scheme will also provide around 900 free customer car parking spaces, a petrol filling station, transport improvements to Great Homer Street and enhanced links to Everton Park, together with a new link road between Great Homer Street and Scotland Road.

Paul Batho, projects director at St. Modwen, said: “The new images will give people an insight into how the site will be transformed and a glimpse of the vision that we are aiming to deliver ahead of work starting on site this spring. We are delighted that this scheme, which is both needed and wanted by the local community, is moving forwards towards actual delivery on site. We are committed to delivering this scheme and will be working hard to finalise the details over the next few months as we build-up to starting on site.”

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: "Project Jennifer is an important progression for North Liverpool and will regenerate an area in real need of investment and development. We are looking forward to seeing this vital scheme delivered, which will make a massive difference to people’s lives – breathing new life into the area, providing first-class facilities and creating new jobs.”

Apr 2012 - NEXT GENERATION SCHOOL TO KICK-START PROJECT JENNIFER

New images revealing the stunning interior of the first in a new generation of Liverpool schools have been released by the city council.

The artist impressions show how the new Notre Dame Catholic College will look when it is rebuilt at Great Homer Street as part of the wider £150 million Project Jennifer regeneration scheme.

The innovative design boasts a ceiling height of up to 17-metres and will house high quality Performance and Arts facilities helping to secure Notre Dame College as the satellite hub for the Arts in North Liverpool. Mature planting, to create an indoor/outdoor feel, will be a feature of the new school design which will ensure that there is a seamless flow of the surrounding Everton Park through the building and external areas of the school and into the wider Project Jennifer.

When it opens in September 2013, Notre Dame Catholic College will be based at the heart of Project Jennifer. Completion of the school building will be followed by the retail phase of the project, which will include a new Sainsbury’s food store, 80,000 sq ft of shops, dramatically improved public spaces and a new home for Great Homer Street’s popular outdoor market. The new school will also provide a home for a pharmacy, health and wellbeing centre and local indoor market traders.

The school will be built under a structure similar to a modern airport terminal building, which is far cheaper than the traditional method. It offers more flexibility as the internal layout and even the entire use of the site can be changed in the future.

It is one of 12 new schools that will be built under the Secondary School Investment plan. The city council has agreed a City Deal with the Government which will provide funding for new schools and to develop local skills to match the employment opportunities in Liverpool.

Frances Harrison, headteacher at Notre Dame Catholic College, said: “The plans for our new building look absolutely fantastic and, with 82 per cent of our students already living within two miles of Great Homer Street, we’re excited to be part of Project Jennifer.

“The redevelopment is an opportunity for the school to play a huge role at the very heart of the local community, contributing a space that can grow and prosper along with the area.”

Project Jennifer will transform a 45-acre site, creating new homes, employment opportunities, improved public areas, new community and leisure facilities and retail and employment space.

Michelle Taylor, regional director at St. Modwen, said: “The plans for Notre Dame are a real vote of confidence and a sign of the positive impact the regeneration of Great Homer Street is already bringing to the wider area. Project Jennifer is about creating long term positive change in North Liverpool and so I can’t think of a more fitting addition to the scheme than a new school.

“Notre Dame will play an important role in a sustainable community that will benefit from more than 1,000 new jobs, new homes and vastly improved facilities.”

Once completed, the £150 million redevelopment of Liverpool’s Great Homer Street area will be anchored by the largest food store built in Liverpool to date. It also has consent for 80,000 sq ft of additional retail units, 80,000 sq ft of light industrial units, 480 new homes, and 40,000 sq ft of community facilities, including a new library, market and community health centre. The scheme will create a new hub of activity in North Liverpool and will act as a catalyst for the wider redevelopment of that part of the city.

Liverpool City Council Leader Joe Anderson said: “Project Jennifer will serve as a catalyst for further regeneration, investment and opportunities throughout North Liverpool. The relocation of Notre Dame Catholic College, and our proposals to transform Everton Park into a first class community and visitor destination, are a great example of this already starting to happen, and marks the dawn of a new era for the area.”

Oct 2011 - ST. MODWEN ROLLS OUT THE BARREL FOR FIFTH ST. ANTHONY’S BEER FESTIVAL

Liverpool’s real ale lovers will be in heaven this week as St Anthony’s Church on Scotland Road hosts its fifth annual beer festival. 

The three-day event, which gets underway on Thursday 20th October, will see some 35 beers available in the unique setting of the church’s stunning crypt.

St. Modwen, the regeneration specialist behind the £150 million Project Jennifer scheme in the local area, is once again a sponsor at the festival providing barrels of St Anthony’s Monastic Ale, which is brewed locally and was first brewed especially for the festival and another local brew.

Parish priest Graeme Dunne launched the festival in 2007 to fund the creation of a memorial to the thousands who died locally of typhus after fleeing the Irish potato famine, many of whom have been re-interred in St. Anthony’s crypt. The completed memorial, sculpted by Crosby Memorials, will be unveiled to the public at the festival.

Paul Batho, projects director at St. Modwen, said: “The beer festival is a fantastic event which really shows-off the sense of community in this part of Liverpool. We’re delighted to be able to help support such a worthwhile cause and look forward to a long relationship with the parish as plans for the regeneration of Great homer Street progress.”

Father Graeme Dunne said: “The festival gets more popular every year and we’re very grateful for the support of St. Modwen and the many parishioners who volunteer to help staff the event. We’ve got a great range of seasonal beers from small breweries this year and as usual we’re expecting St Anthony’s Monastic Ale, which has such an important place in our festival, to be popular.”

The festival takes place on 20th, 21st (7pm – 11pm) and 22nd (1pm – 5pm & 7pm - 11pm)
October. Tickets can be bought by calling 0151 207 0177 and some tickets will be available at the door. All profits from this year’s festival will go towards funding the memorial and essential repair works within the church.

Local suppliers involved in the festival include the Liverpool Craft Beer Company micro-brewery from within the parish, and Cambinus Brewery in Knowsley, brewers of the St Anthony’s Monastic Ale.

Project Jennifer will deliver the largest food store to be built in Liverpool to date, 80,000 sq ft of additional retail units, 80,000 sq ft of light industrial units, 480 new homes, and 40,000 sq ft of community facilities, including a new market and community health centre.