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Dec 2018 - Specsavers confirms its commitment to Kirkby Town Centre

St. Modwen has agreed a new deal with Specsavers to occupy a larger unit at Kirkby Town Centre.

The national opticians has occupied a unit in Kirkby for 13 years on St. Chads Parade located next to travel agents, Thomas Cook and opposite Costa Coffee. This new deal will see Specsavers expand its exisiting unit and create a larger 2,568 sq ft store. Specsavers has signed a 10 year lease.

The expansion will enable Specsavers to operate a larger hearing provision in-store whilst retaining all current amenities.

Andrew Day, Asset Manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are really pleased to have secured this lease renewal with Specsavers as long standing tenants of Kirkby. The additional space will enable the full Specsavers offering and bring further amenity to the town centre which will be well received by the community.”

Tazveer Sahota, Store Director of Specsavers in Kirkby, said: “I am delighted to have secured a long term lease for an expanded Specsavers store here at Kirkby Town Centre. I hope the investment in providing an increased optical and hearcare proposition will be greatly received by the local community. Specsavers looks forward to continuing to be an integral part of the Kirkby Town Centre for many years.”

This announcement follows what was another hugely successful Christmas lights switch-on event in Kirkby Town Centre, held 0n Thursday 22 November. A star-studded line up was showcased in Newton Gardens, followed by a show-stopping firework display.

Thousands of people came to see performances from a variety of famous talent show stars such as The Voice 2016 WINNER Kevin Simm, Ella Shaw, Britain’s Got Talent Winner Jai Dowall, X-Factor’s Ryan Lawrie and a special performance from B*Witched’s front woman Edele.

Nov 2018 - Huge crows gather for the annual Christmas lights switch on

Huge crows gather for the annual Christmas lights switch on

Famous faces took to the stage and switched on Christmas with a spectacular evening of entertainment in Kirkby Town Centre.

B*witched front woman, Edele Lynch, switched on the dazzling Christmas lights in Kirkby Town Centre on Thursday 22nd November, performing some of B*witched’s best hits and a range of Christmas favourites.

Sharing the stage was a range of special guests from a variety of famous talent shows, such as The Voice 2016 winner Kevin Simm, Ella Shaw, Mr Zip, Ryan Lawrie and Dene Michael’s Black Lace.  There were also performances from 2011 Britain’s Got Talent winner and musician, Jai McDowall, and famous 90’s band Dave Finnegan’s Commitments who performed classic hits.

The evening culminated with a whopping seven-minute-long, show-stopping firework display which illuminated the whole town and wowed an estimated 5,500 people who filled New Town Gardens for the highly anticipated event.

Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre Manager, commented: “This year’s Christmas lights switch on was fantastic. The event always draws in huge crowds and this year it didn’t disappoint. We thoroughly enjoyed all the performances on the night. It’s always fantastic to see so many people out supporting their local town.”

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Nov 2018 - Kirkby C of E Primary School create Armistice Day tribute

Kirkby C of E Primary School create Armistice Day tribute

St. Modwen has displayed a touching tribute in Kirkby Town Centre from local primary school, Kirkby C of E, in honour of Armsitice Day – marking one hundred years since the end of the First World War.

Local children at Kirkby C of E Primary School showed their support for Armistice Day through art, creating a  display using hundreds of poppies ahead of Remembrance Sunday. It is currently on display in a vacant unit in Kirkby Town Centre as part of the hundred years remembrance.

The old Poundworld store is located on St. Chad’s Parade, on the corner of Newton Gardens opposite William Hill, and the poppy display will be available to see there until Friday, November 16.

Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre Manager, said: “The children of Kirkby C of E have done a fantastic job. This weekend saw events happening across the globe and we’re glad that we were able to show our own support here in Kirkby Town Centre. We think it’s great that the children at the local primary school have given up their time to support Armistice Day and we wanted to show off their hard work.”

Nicola Tinsley, Teaching Assistant at Kirkby C of E Primary School, said: “We always do something for Armistice Day and make sure the children are fully involved. This year, with it being one hundred years to mark the end of the First World War, we wanted to do something a little different.

“We worked with the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) at Kirkby C of E to create the big poppy display that Mike Matthews and Kirkby Town Centre kindly agreed to put on display in the vacant unit.”

Oct 2018 - St. Modwen confirms preparation for Kirkby Town Cetre redevelopment continues

St. Modwen confirms preparation for Kirkby Town Cetre redevelopment continues

Preparations for the major redevelopment of Kirkby Town Centre continue, as St. Modwen submits final amendments to the planning application for the new Morrisons supermarket.

Following the completion of the £1 million demolition programme this summer, enabling works are now underway to prepare the site for installation of the services and revisions to the previously approved planning application are being submitted to Knowsley Council.

The expert developer and regeneration specialist explained minor amendments were needed to the approved plans to meet the operational requirements of its retail anchor, Morrisons.

St. Modwen secured planning permission from Knowsley Council’s planning committee for the redevelopment of Kirkby Town Centre in November last year.

Paul Batho, Projects Director for St. Modwen, said: “We are moving ahead with our plans to redevelop the town centre and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to prepare the site for development work to begin.

“We appreciate, now that the demolition work has finished, that the ongoing work is not so visible. However, we are continuing with the preparatory, technical and legal work necessary to get a scheme of this scale ready for development.

“We are on schedule. This work is paving the way for the redevelopment to begin and will reassure people of St. Modwen’s commitment to regenerate Kirkby.”

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “Residents and businesses should be reassured that plans are on schedule for Kirkby town centre and I look forward to seeing these plans progress over the coming months.”

St. Modwen’s plans for Kirkby Town Centre include the Morrison’s supermarket and around 76,000 sq ft of new shops, improved pedestrian links, car parking, new public realm and landscaping.  The redevelopment will complement, enhance and integrate with the existing town centre shops and facilities, which is owned and managed by the regeneration specialist.

Morrisons Senior Manager - Development, James Smith said: “We’re really pleased to be involved with this important development for Kirkby and are working closely with Knowsley Council and St. Modwen to deliver the new store.”

Since purchasing the town centre in 2015, St. Modwen has carried out significant improvement works to Kirkby Town Centre. These improvements have been well received by shoppers and retailers, and have given confidence in the delivery of the proposed scheme.

Aug 2018 - Life saving defibrillator installed in Kirkby Town Centre to help save lives

Life saving defibrillator installed in Kirkby Town Centre to help save lives
St. Modwen has supplied a brand new publicly-accessible life saving defibrillator in Kirkby Town Centre.  

The defibrillator has been fitted to the wall outside Iceland and alongside the Bus Station on Cherryfield Drive. The portable medical device offers immediate, 24/7 life- saving support and could help save people who suffer cardiac arrest until paramedics arrive.

Kirkby Town Centre, owned and managed by the expert developer and regeneration specialist, is a large public area and St. Modwen has funded the defibrillator to support the local community and help save lives.

The town centre security team have all been trained to use the defibrillator, and will be on hand immediately if an emergency occurs.

Defibrillators are easy to use and crucial in saving the life of a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

In the event that a member of the public needs to access the defibrillator they will need to call the emergency services immediately who will provide an access code to release the equipment. Clear instructions and visual prompts are provided to guide the user on how to treat the patient.

Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre Manager, said: “Every second counts when someone collapses and stops breathing. These devices are simple to use by anyone with little or no training. The sooner it is used in a collapse from a suspected heart attack, the better the chances are of it saving a life.

“If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, chances of survival increase from 6% to 74%.

 “We have also trained all town centre security staff on how to use the defibrillator. The safety of the local community is our main priority and I’m confident this defibullator will make a difference in Kirkby Town Centre.”

Photo caption: Kirkby Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews with the defibrillator installed by St. Modwen on the wall outside Iceland in the town centre.

Jul 2018 - Citizens Advice Knowlsey relocate to a new premises in Kirkby Town Centre

Citizens Advice Knowlsey has opened new premises in Kirkby Town Centre with the help of St. Modwen who provided space, a short walk from the bus station.

Demonstrating their commitment to Kirkby, Citizens Advice Knowlsey have remained in the town centre, moving from the old premises from Newton Gardens to Cherryfield Drive on a new 10 year lease.

Citizens Advice Knowlsey has taken 2,500 sq ft of ground floor space, located directly opposite Kirkby Town Centre Bus Station and next door to Iceland.

A lifeline for the local community, Citizens Advice Knowlsey provide local people with free, impartial, independent and confidential advice.They give information and practical support on a range of matters, including debt management advice, benefit application support and food and fuel assistance.

 The new premises have significantly better training facilities for their volunteers and is much more accessible and visible for the local community.

Brian Gouldson, Citizens Advice Knowlsey Chief Officer said: “We’re extremely pleased and confident we have made the correct decision to relocate our offices from Newton Gardens to Cherryfield Drive. Accessibility and visibility had proved a problem at the previous base, which will now be minimised as we’re directly opposite the bus station and clearly sign posted from the main road.

“Our services have increased in demand over the last two years, and it was important for us that we adapted to the change in the needs of the local community. The new office will ensure we’re capable of doing the best job possible, with better facilities both for staff, training of our volunteers and the members of the community who benefit from our services. 

“It was important for us that we remained not only in Kirkby, but at the heart of the community in the town centre, and this new office space ensures we’re exactly where we need to be and accessible for the Knowlsey community.”

Andrew Day, Asset Manager at St. Modwen, said: “The decision for Citizens Advice Knowlsey to stay in Kirkby Town Centre is great for the local community. There has been an increase in demand for the service and it’s important they remain at the heart of the community. We’re confident Citizens Advice Knowlsey will continue to be a huge support and success in its new location.”

Jun 2018 - Further national brands commit to Kirkby Town Cente retail scheme

Jun 2018 - Further national brands commit to Kirkby Town Cente retail scheme

St. Modwen, the expert developer and regeneration specialist, has agreed deals to bring two major brands to Kirkby Town Centre to join anchor foodstore Morrisons.

High street giant Home Bargains will relocate its current small store from St Chad’s Parade to occupy a new large format 20,000 sq ft unit, effectively forming a second retail anchor alongside Morrisons.

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.

American fast food restaurant giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has also agreed a lease for a new 3,500 sq ft restaurant becoming the first food and beverage brand to sign-up to the scheme.

The 110,000 sq ft extension of Kirkby Town Centre comprises new shops including a new food store and petrol filling station, improved pedestrian links, car parking, new public realm and landscaping.

Supermarket operator Morrisons has already committed to bringing a 45,000 sq ft foodstore to the retail development and is currently working alongside St. Modwen on a timetable for when construction work will begin now that demolition work has finished.

Paul Batho, Development Director for St. Modwen, said: “We are really pleased to be able to announce these additions to the scheme which is testament to Kirkby’s strong draw and the quality of the scheme that has been designed.

“With Morrisons, Home Bargains and KFC on board we are looking to create an attractive mix of retail brands that complement each other and the current offering within the town centre.

“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 Kirkby where new jobs will be created.

“Home Bargains remains a firm favorite within Kirkby and I’m sure the new-look, larger scale store will be received extremely well.”

The Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan, said: “I’m delighted to see such major national and international businesses committing to the brand new retail development in Kirkby town centre.

“With Morrisons already on board to deliver a new supermarket, this announcement from St. Modwen is fantastic news for our residents and further evidence that leading businesses have great confidence in Kirkby and believe, as we do, that it is a town on the up.”

The agents working with St. Modwen on Kirkby Town Centre are Cheetham and Mortimer and Colliers International.

Dec 2017 - Jedward headine fre concert in Kirkby for 2017 Christmas lights switch

Jedward headine fre concert in Kirkby for 2017 Christmas lights switchAround 9,000 people turned out for a truly festive extravaganza in Kirkby, organised by town centre owners St. Modwen, as Jedward took to the stage to entertain the crowds and switched on the Christmas lights.

Former X Factor finalists Jedward switched on the Christmas lights following their headlining high energy, family-themed concert on a stage in Newtown Gardens.
The musical duo was joined by 90s eclectic British dance-pop group N Trance and a host of other artists for the celebrations on Thursday 23 November. The performances were followed by a fireworks finale, sponsored by Tisdale Demolition, as the lights switched on.

Leading UK regeneration specialist St. Modwen, who own and manage Kirkby Town Centre, organised the free event for the local community.

Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre Manager, said: “This year’s event was a phenomenal success and the feedback we received from the people who attended was outstanding.

“Our stellar line-up of family entertainment kept the crowd entertained. As well as getting the community together, the Christmas period will also bring tremendous economic benefit to Kirkby’s businesses. Christmas is the golden quarter of the shopping year. It’s an extremely important time for our tenants as it is the busiest time of year for trading.”

On the night, the event was streamed live via Kirkby Town Centre’s Facebook page which came alive with positive comments from people who attended the event.

Here are just some of the comments:

“You did Kirkby proud it was amazing, even better than last year.”

“What a great night. Well done to all involved.”

"Fandabidosie night from entertainment to fire work display the best year by far. Kirkby town centre absolutely rocked.”

“JUST CATCHING UP FROM THE USA .... What a fabulous crowd .... loving reading all the positive posts and how so many are saying they are proud they are from Kirkby .... St. Modwen you certainly are doing what you said you would do and are bringing 'life' back to the Town Centre ... Good job Mike.”

“I can't get over how brilliant this night was last year, but this year was even better. Me and my kids danced are little legs off. St. Modwen what a night you put on.”

The free concert triggered a month of celebrations in Kirkby Town Centre. Families can step inside a giant snow globe on Saturday 9 December and an animatronic Snow Lion will be visiting on Saturday 16 December, while the Kirkby Toy Appeal launches on Friday 1 December.

Late night shopping is now underway in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The festive celebrations followed a season of successful summer events that were enjoyed by hundreds of people in the town centre, including the hugely popular ‘Urban Beach’.

Please also visit www.kirkbytowncentre.com for more information or visit the Kirkby Town Centre Facebook page.

 

Nov 2017 - Kirkby Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews scoops Employee of the Year Award


Kirkby Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews scoops Employee of the Year AwardCongratulations to Kirkby Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews who has been crowned as Employee of the Year in the 2017 Knowsley Business Awards.

The Knowsley Business Awards celebrate the creativity, ingenuity and commitment of the individuals and organisations that are driving forward Knowsley’s economic success.

This year’s awards ceremony took place on Thursday 23 November at the spectacular Grand Marquee in the grounds of Knowsley Safari Park.
Mike is responsible for managing the day-to-day running of Kirkby Town Centre, which boasts 400,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and currently has 71 occupiers.

Mike works with new and existing shop keepers, attracting more shoppers and organising a programme of family-themed events. He is also championing the regeneration of the town centre, which is spearheaded by St. Modwen and is being carried out in partnership with Knowsley Metropolitan Council.

As the face of Kirkby Town Centre, Mike has played a pivotal role in engaging with the local community and breathing new life into the town centre.

Kirkby is being transformed into a community focused town centre with local people at the heart of it. Mike is the cornerstone of what St. Modwen is seeking to achieve in Kirkby and is bringing the community together to create a bustling and prosperous town centre for everybody.
Mike said: “The people of Kirkby are at the heart of what St. Modwen is working hard to achieve in the town centre and I’m delighted to be able to play my part in the regeneration of the area.

“I’m delighted to have received this recognition for the work we are doing at Kirkby Town Centre.”

Paul Batho, Projects Director for St. Modwen, said: “Mike totally understands Kirkby, what local people are looking for in a town centre and what makes a town centre extra special. The fantastic work that Mike is doing to attract old and new visitors to the town centre underpins St. Modwen’s wider vision for the redevelopment of the town centre.

“Local people speak for themselves and the feedback we have received has been fantastic. Levels of engagement on the town centre’s Facebook page are really good.”  

Nov 2017 - Jedward to headline free concert in Kirkby for 2017 Christmas lights switch on

Jedward to headline free concert in Kirkby for 2017 Christmas lights switch onFOLLOWING on from the huge success of 2016’s festive extravaganza in Kirkby, St. Modwen has confirmed the date for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on - and it’s set to be even better than last year.

Former X Factor finalists Jedward will flick on the switch on the Christmas Tree lights following their headlining high energy, family-themed concert on a stage in Newtown Gardens.

The musical duo will be joined by 90s eclectic British dance-pop group N Trance for the celebrations on Thursday 23 November. The performances will be followed by a fireworks finale as the lights switch on, sponsored by Tisdale Demolition.

The free concert will trigger a month of celebrations in Kirkby Town Centre that will include a giant animatronic Snow Lion, Kirkby Toy Appeal and a host of other community activities.

St. Modwen are also launching a competition to find a community champion, someone who has done something outstanding in the community, to join Jedward for the big festive switch on.

Leading UK regeneration specialist St. Modwen, who own and manage Kirkby Town Centre, are organising the Christmas lights switch-on.
Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre Manager, said: “Last year was the most successful and busiest Christmas Kirkby has seen in a number of years, and we’re confident 2017 will be even better with our stellar line-up of family entertainment.

“We are also looking for a member of the community who really stands out from the crowd to come and take part in the Christmas lights switch on. If you would like to nominate a friend or family member who has done something outstanding in the last 12-months you can do so via our Facebook campaign – Kirkby Champions.”

Mike added: “As well as getting the community together, the Christmas period will also bring tremendous economic benefit to Kirkby’s businesses. Christmas is the golden quarter of the shopping year. It’s an extremely important time for our tenants as it is the busiest time of year for trading.”

Late night shopping will also get underway in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The festive celebrations follow a season of successful summer events that were enjoyed by hundreds of people in the town centre, including the hugely popular ‘Urban Beach’.

The festive fun takes place between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 23rd November in Newtown Gardens, Kirkby Town Centre. Please also visit www.kirkbytowncentre.com for more information or visit the Kirkby Town Centre Facebook page.

Nov 2017 - St. Modwen granted planning permission for Kirkby Town Centre redevelopment

 

St. Modwen has secured planning permission from Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council for the redevelopment of Kirkby Town Centre.

Knowsley Council’s planning committee voted in favour of the plans which will bring a Morrison’s supermarket to anchor the new retail scheme.

The green light for the plans marks a significant milestone in St. Modwen’s ambitions to redevelop Kirkby Town Centre. After purchasing the town centre in November 2015, St. Modwen signed a development agreement with Knowsley Council to bring forward their plans.

The scheme includes the Morrison’s supermarket and around 76,000 sq ft of new shops, improved pedestrian links, car parking, new public realm and landscaping.  The redevelopment will complement, enhance and integrate with the existing town centre shops and facilities.

Paul Batho, Projects Director for St. Modwen, said: “We are thrilled that Knowsley Council’s planning committee has given the go ahead for our plans for Kirkby, this reflects the overwhelming community support we have had for the scheme. The plans will enhance the retail offer for residents of Kirkby and bring a long-awaited supermarket to the town.

“The regeneration will breathe new life into this previously underutilised part of the town centre and enhance Kirkby. As well as providing space for new retailers the development will provide jobs and economic growth in the town centre.

“We will continue to work with the council to ensure that benefits such as training and employment from the construction are directed towards the local community.

“With such interest in the scheme from residents we look forward to making these plans reality and moving on to the next stage of the redevelopment.”

Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, Cllr Graham Morgan, said: “I’m delighted that planning permission is now in place to allow this major regeneration programme to move a big step closer.

“St. Modwen’s exciting plans will build on the significant improvements the council and our partners have already delivered in the town centre and surrounding areas.  The town has benefitted from over £100m of public sector investment in recent years and it’s great to see that the private sector is now getting on board.

“It is fantastic news that St. Modwen can now move ahead with the much-anticipated retail development, which will raise Kirkby’s profile as a high-quality shopping destination which people choose to visit.”

Work is currently underway to demolish 150,000 sq ft of derelict buildings. The cleared site will make way for the new Morrisons, shop units and pedestrian walkways that will link the existing town centre with the new development and additional car parking.
Morrisons Development Executive, James Smith said: “The planning committee’s approval of the application is good news for shoppers and the future of Kirkby town centre. 
"We are pleased that the plans have taken a step forwards and we can move closer to delivering a new store and jobs for the local community.”
Since purchasing the town centre, St. Modwen has carried out significant improvement work to Kirkby. These improvements have been well received by shoppers and have given confidence in the delivery of the proposed scheme.

Now the planning application has been approved, construction work aims to commence next year with completion scheduled for 2019.

Oct 2017 - St. Modwen selected as development partner for Kirkby Leisure Scheme

ST. MODWEN has been officially selected by Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council as the development partner for the Kirkby Town Centre leisure scheme.

The proposed leisure scheme will replace the former library on Newtown Gardens and will include a 15,000 sq ft six-screen cinema and three new restaurants and bars.

Earlier this year, the regeneration specialist announced that Reel Cinemas will anchor the leisure scheme.  Operating 15 units nationally, Reel Cinemas is one of the largest independent cinema operators in the UK.

Paul Batho, Projects Director for St. Modwen, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the development contract for the leisure scheme and look forward to working with the Council to bring forward a cinema, restaurants and bars that will complement our existing work to redevelop the town centre.

“The leisure scheme will provide the much-needed leisure facilities people in Kirkby have been looking forward to for a number of years.”

Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “This is another important step forward in our ambitions to transform Kirkby town centre with high quality leisure and retail developments.

“St. Modwen’s proposals will help to revitalise the town centre through a vibrant evening economy, creating hundreds of job opportunities for local people and significantly boosting Knowsley’s economy.”

A planning application is due to be submitted for the leisure scheme once occupiers for the leisure units have been identified, with construction work planned for 2018.

St. Modwen has also submitted a planning application to Knowsley Council for the retail phase of the redevelopment of the town centre, which is due to be heard by the Council’s Planning Committee in early November.

More than 250 members of the public called into an information event in St. Chad’s Parade on Friday 20 October to meet St. Modwen and get an update on the plans for the retail phase of the development.

The planning application includes a Morrisons supermarket, new shops, improved pedestrian links, car parking, new public realm and landscaping.  The redevelopment will complement, enhance and integrate with the existing town centre shops and facilities.  Demolition of part of the town centre is already in progress in order to make way for the new developments.

The leisure units are currently being marketed by joint retail agents Colliers and Cheetham & Mortimer.

Oct 2017 - Local businesses renew their commitment to Kirkby Town Centre

THE UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen has secured tenancy renewal deals with three local businesses in Kirkby Town Centre.

Demonstrating its commitment to Kirkby is long-term tenant The Kirkby Family Dental Care. The 884 sq ft practice, located at 80 St. Chad’s Parade, has been operating in the town for 17 years and has agreed to continue business in the town centre for another five years.

Also renewing their tenancy with St. Modwen is Planet Sports. The 1,263 sq ft independent sports goods store will remain at 3 St. Chad’s Parade and has agreed a three-year lease.

The third retailer to confirm their long-term commitment with Kirkby is Cash Generator. The discount store will continue to occupy 1,151 sq ft at 16 St. Chad’s Parade for another 15 years.

Andrew Day, Property Manager at St. Modwen, said: “Since we acquired Kirkby Town Centre in 2015, our priority has been to ensure tenants’ confidence in St. Modwen and the improvements we are making to the town centre.

“We are striving to provide tenants with the best possible office and retail space and these three renewals are testament to the work we are carrying out in the town centre. We are thrilled that The Kirkby Dental Care, Planet Sports and Cash Generator have renewed their leases and we look forward to welcoming new tenants in the future.”

Oct 2017 - Information day to find out more about the future of Kirkby Town Centre

ST. MODWEN is holding an information event for members of the community to come and find out more about the plans to redevelop Kirkby Town Centre.

Owner, developer and asset manager of the town centre St. Modwen will be displaying the revised plans which were recently submitted to Knowsley Council, following the announcement that Morrisons will be the supermarket to anchor the new retail scheme.

People who live and work in Kirkby are invited to the information event at 17 St. Chad’s Parade on Friday 20th October between 11.30am and 5.30pm where representatives from St. Modwen will be available to talk through the plans.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “We have submitted a revised planning application to reflect the requirements of Morrisons which is currently being considered by Knowsley Council. This will be determined by the planning committee in the coming weeks.

“Following a very successful consultation event, we are holding an information event for the people of Kirkby to come and talk to the team to get an update on our plans to extend and improve Kirkby Town Centre.”

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “This is a really exciting time for Kirkby with Morrisons having agreed a deal with St. Modwen to anchor the proposed new retail development in the town centre.

“I would encourage residents and businesses to take this opportunity to come along and find out more and speak to St. Modwen about the exciting plans for the town centre.”   

Morrisons will create around 200 jobs and will feature the retailer’s popular Market Street where customers can watch the store’s expert food makers, including butchers, fishmongers and bakers, prepare fresh food each day.

Work is now underway to demolish 150,000 sq ft of derelict buildings. The cleared site will make way for the new Morrisons supermarket, large shop units, pedestrian walkways that will link the existing town centre with the new development and additional car parking.

Since purchasing the town centre in November 2015, St. Modwen has carried out significant improvement work to Kirkby. These improvements have been well received by shoppers and have given confidence in the delivery of the proposed scheme, should consent be granted.

Subject to the determination of the planning application, construction work should commence next year with completion scheduled for 2019.

The planning application is due to be heard by Knowsley Council’s planning committee in November.

Sep 2017 - St. Modwen confirms Morrisons as the supermarket coming to Kirkby

 

 

Morrisions is set to open a new 45,000 sq ft supermarket in Kirkby Town Centre, Liverpool.

St. Modwen, owner, developer and asset manager of Kirkby Town Centre, this week confirmed that Morrisons has committed to anchor its new 130,000 sq ft retail development in the town, which is due to open in 2019.

A revised planning application will now be submitted to Knowsley Council to update the existing proposals to reflect the specific requirements of Morrisons. St. Modwen has been working closely with the supermarket to finalise the design of the new store.

The new supermarket will create around 200 jobs and will feature the retailer’s popular Market Street where customers can watch the store’s expert food makers, including butchers, fishmongers and bakers, prepare fresh food each day.

A 450-space car park will be provided for shoppers in front of the store and the other large new retail units.

Paul Batho, Projects Director at St. Modwen, said: “After months of speculation, we are now in the position to confirm that Morrisons will be the anchor supermarket in Kirkby. This is excellent news. Local people have been calling out for a new supermarket in the town centre for many years. “Morrisons will enhance the range of shopping available in Kirkby and meets the needs of local people. It will boost the local economy, creating new jobs during construction and in the supermarket when it opens, as well as bringing more shoppers and other local businesses to the town.”

Morrisons Senior Property Manager, Richard Bakes, said: “We’re really pleased to be involved with this important development for Kirkby and will work closely with Knowsley Council and St. Modwen to deliver the new store. This is the first step in the planning process and we look forward to creating hundreds of local jobs and serving the Kirkby community.”

Morrisons forms part of the new retail development, which is an extension of the existing Town Centre. With an anchor confirmed, St. Modwen will now commence talks with other national retailers interested in occupying the other new shops being created. 

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “This announcement is really fantastic news for Kirkby and for our residents. We have been working hard with St. Modwen to bring forward these ambitious plans to transform Kirkby town centre into a destination for high quality shopping and leisure.

“Securing Morrisons, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, to anchor the new retail development is a great boost to the town centre and I’m sure it will encourage other leading retailers to come here as well. I know that our residents have been eagerly awaiting this announcement and I’m sure they can’t wait to see the new store open.”

The redevelopment will complement the existing town centre shops and will include improved pedestrian links, car parking, new public realm and landscaping. St. Modwen has also signed an agreement with Reel Cinemas who are set to replace the former library on Newtown Gardens as part of a new leisure scheme.
Since purchasing the town centre in November 2015, St. Modwen has carried out significant improvement work to Kirkby. These improvements have been well received by shoppers and have given confidence in the delivery of the proposed scheme, should consent be granted.

Work is now underway to demolish 150,000 sq ft of derelict buildings, including the former ‘In Shops’ market, Gala Bingo hall and the site of the former Asda. The cleared site will make way for the new Morrisons supermarket, large shop units, a pedestrian walkway that will link the existing Town Centre with the new development and additional car parking.

Land south of Cherryfield Drive facing onto Newtown Gardens would be used as a temporary car park during construction.

Subject to the determination of the planning application, construction work should commence early next year with completion scheduled for 2019.

St. Modwen’s UK-wide £1.75m portfolio comprises £341m of retail assets including Kirkby Town Centre which displays good opportunity to continue to generate value through its ongoing development.

Greg Styles, Head of Retail Development at St. Modwen’s agents Colliers International, said: “Kirkby has been underserved in retail terms for years and Morrisons’ commitment underlines the trading opportunity in the town. We expect to deliver a vibrant mix of retail and food and beverage outlets in this exciting new development.”

Colliers International and Cheetham and Mortimer are the agents working with St. Modwen in Kirkby.

Photo caption: A great day for Kirkby as Morrisons is confirmed as the supermarket which will anchor the redevelopment of the Town Centre. (left to right) Cllr Graham Morgan - Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Richard Bakes – Senior Property Manager for Morrisons, Paul Batho – Projects Director at St. Modwen, Mike Harden, Knowsley Council’s Chief Executive and Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre Manager for St. Modwen.

Aug 2017 - The seaside comes to Kirkby Town Centre for the Summer

FAMILIES in Kirkby are invited to enjoy the fun of the seaside at an urban beach and celebrate the summer with a series of events taking place in the Town Centre.
Organised by St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, the programme launched on Tuesday 25 July followed by summer entertainment each Saturday until 2 September.

Rio Carnival dancers and stilt walkers got the programme of entertainment underway and visitors were given the opportunity to play in Kirkby’s giant urban beach.
The urban beach, which will remain at St. Chad’s Parade for the whole summer, will have deck chairs, buckets and spades, other beach games and an inflatable helter-skelter.

Mike Matthews, Town Centre Manager, said: “Last year’s summer events were a huge success. We really wanted to go above and beyond this year and bring the seaside to the Town Centre itself. We’re extremely excited to open Kirkby’s urban beach as it will encourage families with young children to stay longer in the Town Centre and support the local retailers.

“Kirkby’s summer spectacular will also be bringing weekly street theatre performances to the Town Centre. Join us every Saturday between 11am and 3.30pm. Entertainment kicked off this weekend with a fun sports day and a performance from clown group, Extracaganza. Weekends in Kirkby will be just as good as a trip to the seaside!”

What’s in on in Kirkby Town Centre over the summer:

  • Saturday 5 August – Dinotopia and Pre Hee Men
  • Saturday 12 August – The Black Eagles and Granny Turismo
  • Saturday 19 August – Titan the Robot and Bjorn the Bear
  • Saturday 26 August – The Gorillas and Musical Ruth
  • Saturday 2 September – Prince Amir and Nazreddin and The Big Bad Wolf

Following the success of last year’s summer events and Kirkby’s Christmas lights-turn on which attracted an attendance of approximately 6,000, this year’s summer events programme is part of St. Modwen’s ongoing work to revitalise the centre, making it a vibrant place to shop and live.

Aug 2017 - St. Modwen takes next step in Kirkby Town Centre redevelopment

PLANS to develop Kirkby Town Centre have taken a further step forward as regeneration specialist St. Modwen gets underway with a £1million programme of demolition to pave way for the major redevelopment.

The work will strengthen the existing Town Centre bringing a large new supermarket, additional large shops and car parking. A new leisure development which includes a cinema is also planned for Kirkby.

Liverpool-based Tisdale Demolition are now underway with work to demolish 150,000 sq ft of derelict buildings, including the former In Shops market, Gala Bingo hall and the site of the former Asda.

The cleared area will make way for a new supermarket, new large shop units, a pedestrian walkway that will link the existing Town Centre with the new development and additional car parking.

Paul Batho, Projects Director for St. Modwen, said: “Commencing onsite with the demolition works paves the way for the redevelopment to begin and is a further demonstration of St. Modwen’s commitment to regenerate Kirkby.

“Our plans for the Town Centre will provide a new large foodstore and shops, boosting the local economy, creating new jobs, as well as attracting more shoppers and other businesses to Kirkby, while complementing the retailers that are here already.”

Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, Councillor Graham Morgan, added: “It’s great to see St. Modwen moving forward with the retail side of the regeneration of Kirkby Town Centre. 

“These demolition works are another significant part of that process, as they are now clearing the way for the new facilities which Kirkby residents want to see.  This is a really exciting phase of the regeneration programme and I am looking forward to confirmation very soon that St. Modwen has finalised an agreement with one of the UK’s leading supermarket operators to open a store in Kirkby.  This is great news for Kirkby residents.”

Since purchasing the Town Centre in November 2015, St. Modwen has carried out significant work to Kirkby. These improvements have been well received and have given confidence in the delivery of the proposed scheme, should consent be granted.

 

Jul 2017 - St. Modwen donates new play area to a Kirkby Primary School

St. Modwen donates new play area to a Kirkby Primary SchoolLOCAL school children are enjoying a new sandpit and play area thanks to St. Modwen, the owners and developers of Kirkby Town Centre.

Kirkby Church of England Primary School has been chosen by St. Modwen as their local school to support.

To celebrate this, a sand play pit has been donated and installed into the school’s nursery. The sandpit has been fitted with a roof allowing children between the ages of three and four to play in all year round.

Elaine Parr, Extended Services Manager at Kirkby Church of England Primary School, said: “We would like to thank Kirkby Town Centre and St. Modwen for this amazing new play area. The builders worked tirelessly to fit the sandpit and we’re incredibly grateful. It has already made a huge difference to the learning experience of all the children.”

Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews, who organised for the sandpit to be installed, said: “Kirkby Church of England Primary School is an integral part of the local community and we are looking forward to further establishing our official sponsorship with the school. We hope the children will enjoy the sandpit for many years to come and as the town of Kirkby continues to evolve and progress.”

Apr 2017 - Reel deal as cinema commits to Kirkby Town Centre

 

ST. MODWEN has confirmed it has completed the deal which will see Reel Cinemas anchor its leisure scheme in Kirkby Town Centre.
The leading regeneration specialist announced in November 2016 that it was in talks with the national cinema group to bring a 15,000 sq ft six screen cinema to the Town Centre as part of its redevelopment.

The leisure scheme proposed will replace the former library on Newtown Gardens and will include three new leisure units.

Operating 15 units nationally Reel Cinemas is one of the largest independent cinema operators across the UK.

Paul Batho, Projects Director - St. Modwen, said: “Exchanging with Reel Cinemas marks a significant step forward in our development plans for Kirkby Town Centre.

“We know that the people of Kirkby want more leisure amenities in the town and a new cinema will make a big difference in transforming the town. We are also in talks with several national operators who are interested in the leisure units and we hope to make further announcements soon.”

Chris Morgan-Giles, Property Director of Reel Cinemas, said: “We are delighted to complete on the deal to bring a six screen Reel Cinema to Kirkby. We look forward to bringing the people of Kirkby the quality cinema experience we know they have wanted for a number of years.

“We are continuing to grow the Reel Cinema’s brand and Kirkby is one of four new cinemas we are bringing to the north west.”

A planning application is due to be submitted later this year for the leisure scheme once occupiers for the new leisure units have been identified, with opening planned for 2018.

St. Modwen also submitted a planning application in February to Knowsley Council for the retail phase of the redevelopment of Kirkby Town Centre.

The application follows collaboration with the Council to develop plans for the Town Centre and a major public consultation by St. Modwen which was held with local businesses, shopkeepers and residents in October 2016.

The planning application includes a supermarket, new shops, improved pedestrian links, car parking, new public realm and landscaping.  The redevelopment will complement, enhance and integrate with the existing Town Centre shops and facilities.  

The leisure units are currently being marketed by joint retail agents Colliers and Cheetham & Mortimer.

Apr 2017 - Children's favourite Mr Bloom is heading to Kirkby Town Centre to celebrate Easter

CBEEBIES star Mr Bloom is headlining a series of family events that are being held in Kirkby Town Centre this spring to celebrate Easter.

For the under-sevens, TV stars don’t get much bigger than Mr Bloom whose TV show Mr Bloom’s Nursery has run on CBeebies since 2011.

The four-hour children’s entertainment roadshow, organised by Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews and leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen, will take place on Saturday 15 April from 12 – 4pm.

Families are invited to Newtown Gardens to meet Mr Bloom. He will be joined on stage in his Easter garden by all of his gardening friends.  The roadshow will entertain and inspire children about nature and the environment.

Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews, said: “We are very excited to have Mr Bloom celebrate Easter with us at Kirkby! Following the success of last year’s Easter and summer events, which saw thousands of visitor’s flock to the Town Centre, we are looking forward to welcoming the whole family to Kirkby for this special weekend.”

Throughout the day families will also be able to enjoy free face painting, kids magic and puppet shows as well as performances from a whole host of family entertainers.

Visitors to Kirkby Town Centre can also join in the seasonal fun by taking part in the Town Centre Easter egg hunt that has been organised in partnership with Kirkby Market.

From Monday 10 to Friday 15 April, local shops and Kirkby market traders will display images of Easter eggs in their windows. To hunt the eggs, customers can download an entry form from the Town Centre Facebook page or enquire at the Markets management office. There will be prizes for the winners.

Mike added: “Everyone’s a winner in our ‘egg-citing’ competition! For each correct entry, a small egg will be awarded and on Saturday 15 April a final winner will be selected during a prize draw to win a very special Easter egg.”

For more information about the Easter events please visit www.kirkbytowncentre.com or visit the Kirkby Town Centre Facebook page.

Feb 2017 - Coffee giant Costa commits to Kirkby Town Centre

Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has signed-up Costa Coffee to Kirkby Town Centre.

High street favourite Costa Coffee is opening its first branch in Kirkby on St. Chad’s Parade, creating jobs for local people, including barista staff who have been trained in the art of coffee making.

The 2,700 sq ft coffee shop is set to open its doors to the public in March. Visitors to Kirkby Town Centre will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee, choose from a selection of speciality drinks or select a delicious treat from the food menu.

The Kirkby Town Centre branch will have an indoor and outdoor seated area where shoppers can meet and watch the world go by. It will also have an express counter for people to grab a coffee whilst on the go.

A planning application for the popular coffee shop has been submitted to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

The commitment of Costa Coffee is just one of many new leases Town Centre owner St. Modwen has brought to Kirkby since its acquisition in late 2015. The coffee specialist further boosts the offer for local shoppers.

Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews said: “St. Modwen is delighted to welcome Costa Coffee to Kirkby Town Centre. We are confident that Costa will complement the diverse range of local retailers we have in the Town Centre; demonstrating our commitment to not only securing national brands but also looking after local businesses; which we know are of vital importance to the success of our Town Centre.

“With footfall figures continuing to increase week on week to around 127,000 to 130,000 per week, there is a clear indication that shoppers are liking the increased choice available.

“The Christmas events programme also proved to be a big hit with shoppers, with more than 6,000 people turning out to see the Christmas lights being switched on.”

St. Modwen acquired Kirkby Town Centre in November 2015 and the team has been working closely with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council to develop plans for the Town Centre.

Feb 2017 - St. Modwen submits planning application for Kirkby Town Centre

Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has submitted a planning application to Knowsley Council for the retail phase of the redevelopment of Kirkby Town Centre.

The application follows collaboration with Knowsley Council to develop plans for the Town Centre and a major public consultation which was held with local businesses, shopkeepers and residents in October. Representatives from St. Modwen, the architect and planning consultants working on the scheme shared the proposal and asked people for their comments.

Feedback from the public consultation was positive with more than 500 people attending the two-day event held in St Chad’s Parade. Of the 229 responses received 95% (218) of residents and stakeholders supported the plans.

The planning application is for a 116,000 sq ft scheme that will comprise of a supermarket, around 76,000 sq ft of new shops, improved pedestrian links, car parking, new public realm and landscaping.  The redevelopment will complement, enhance and integrate with the existing Town Centre shops and facilities.

Paul Batho, Projects Director, St Modwen – North, said: “Our plans for Kirkby Town Centre incorporate the feedback we received during the public consultation and will provide Kirkby with a real boost.

“The scheme will provide a new supermarket and will widen the range of shops that will meet the shopping needs of the people of Kirkby and the surrounding area. The development proposal will boost the local economy, creating new jobs during and post construction, as well as bringing more shoppers and other local businesses to the town.”

The scheme has already seen significant interest from a number of national retailers and St. Modwen is in advanced talks with food store operators who will trade at the anchor food store.

Since purchasing the Town Centre in November 2015, St. Modwen has carried out significant work to Kirkby. These improvements have been well received and have given confidence in the delivery of the proposed scheme, should consent be granted.

Subject to the determination of the planning application, work could commence later this year with completion scheduled for next year.

Jan 2017 - Call for Kirkby residents to continue supporting town centre

Kirkby residents are being encouraged to continue supporting their town centre this year after recent months saw thousands of shoppers head to the district.

New events and attractions are said to have proven a hit with visitors to the area, which is the subject of plans for regeneration.

According to new figures, footfall in November and December was greater than the previous months in 2016 as thousands of shoppers enjoyed festivities including X Factor’s Reggie ‘n’ Bollie turning on the Christmas tree lights.

The average of 132,000 shoppers per week during the past two months of 2016 also followed a series of summer family events which have been hailed a success, and a 70% increase in ‘likes’ to the Kirkby town centre Facebook page over Christmas after it had initially been launched last April.

Mike Matthew, manager of Kirkby town centre, says: “Following a series of popular family themed events that took place earlier in the summer it was brilliant to see thousands of people in the town centre enjoying the festive celebrations and shopping.

“It has also been fantastic for our traders who are reporting an increase in business. We hope local people continue to support their town centre throughout 2017.”

St. Modwen, which owns and manages Kirkby town centre, has previously consulted on its plans to regenerate the retail and leisure district and has also announced a Reel Cinemas branch will form part of the project.

Nov 2016 - Reel Cinemas to anchor Kirkby Leisure scheme

Reel Cinemas to anchor Kirkby Leisure schemeSt. Modwen has agreed a deal with Reel Cinemas to operate the 15,000sq ft, six screen Cinema proposed as part of the redevelopment of Kirkby Town Centre.

Operating 15 units nationally Reel Cinemas is one of the largest independent cinema operators across the UK.

The leisure scheme proposed will replace the former library on Newtown Gardens and will feature three restaurant units currently being marketed by joint retail agents Colliers and Cheetham & Mortimer.

Paul Batho, Projects Director - St. Modwen, said: “Securing Reel Cinemas is positive news for the future of Kirkby Town Centre. Recent feedback from local people tells us that the current leisure offer is seriously lacking across the Town. There is a huge opportunity to develop this in line with responses received and we are confident our proposed plans will make a significant difference in transforming the town.

“We’re currently in talks with several national operators regarding the restaurant units and hope to make further announcements soon.”

Chris Morgan Giles, Property Director of Reel Cinemas said: “We’re delighted to be working with St. Modwen and are excited about the plans for Kirkby Town Centre. Proposals have been well received and will undoubtedly help increase the leisure offer in Kirkby.

“We’re continuing to expand our operations with plans to grow the brand significantly over the next five years. This is a great scheme to be involved with and we’re looking forward to moving forward with the cinema.”

St. Modwen received resounding support from the residents of Kirkby as the regeneration specialists consulted on plans for the redevelopment of the Town Centre.

More than 500 people attended a two-day consultation event last month held at St Chad’s Parade and 196 comments of support were received from residents.

Since purchasing the Town Centre last year, St. Modwen has carried out significant work. These improvements have been well received  and has given confidence in the delivery of the proposed scheme, should consent be granted.

A resident of Lydbury Crescent said: “I’m looking forward to the continued investment in the Town Centre.”

Another resident from Kirkby Road in Westvale said: ‘leisure and nightlife facilities will boost the economy and are exactly what Kirkby needs.’

Will Martin, Planning Manager for St. Modwen, said: “We would like to thank all those who attended the consultation event. We’re really pleased with the positive feedback received. Our next steps are to assess the feedback and continue to work on elements of the design for the north of the town so we are ready to submit a detailed planning application later this year with the leisure scheme to follow in the New Year.”

St. Modwen acquired Kirkby Town Centre in November 2015 and the team has been working closely with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council to develop plans for the Town Centre since then.

A scheme has been designed which will comprise of a supermarket, and in the region of 100,000 sq ft of new retail floorspace. The proposed plan has already seen significant interest from a number of national retailers and St. Modwen is in advanced talks with major food retailers to anchor the new scheme.

Oct 2016 - Kirkby Town Centre Christmas lights switch on 2016 date confirmed

NewsChristmas is coming to Kirkby Town Centre!

St. Modwen has confirmed the date for Kirkby’s Christmas lights switch-on, the first official festive event in the town for a number of years.

X Factor finalists Reggie ‘n’ Bollie will flick the switch on the night, triggering a month of celebrations in Kirkby Town Centre.

The music duo will be joined by boy band District 12, pop act S Club Party and girl group Tiger S for the big celebration on Thursday, November 24.

Leading UK regeneration specialist St. Modwen, who own and manage Kirkby Town Centre, are organising the Christmas lights switch-on.

Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre Manager, said: “Kirkby hasn’t had a Christmas event of this scale for a number of years. We’re bringing some early festive cheer to the Town Centre and the occasion will be a brilliant way for the entire community of Kirkby to come together in a heart-warming, family event and to enjoy the Christmas celebrations.”

He added: “As well as getting the community together, the Christmas period will also bring tremendous economic benefit to Kirkby’s businesses.

“Christmas is the golden quarter of the business year. It’s an extremely important time for our tenants as they receive up to 75% of their annual turnover.”

St. Modwen has confirmed the upcoming event will not only be a celebration of the Christmas period, but confirmation of the promise made 12 months ago to give the people of Kirkby the Town Centre they deserve.

Late night shopping will also get underway in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The festive celebrations follow a season of successful summer events that were enjoyed by hundreds of people in the town centre.

Members of the community are also being sought to take part in carol singing around the 9 metre Christmas tree once the lights have been switched on.

Running times for the event on the 24 November will be announced in early November.

Oct 2016 - St. Modwen unveils its plans for Kirkby Town Centre

Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has set out its plans for the future of Kirkby in a public exhibition this week – bringing the redevelopment of the Town Centre a step closer.

The development plans pave the way for a wider more significant change. The proposal will see the strengthening of the existing Town Centre, a new supermarket, additional shops, car parking and a new leisure development.

The proposal would also boost the local economy, create new jobs, as well as bringing more shoppers and businesses to Kirkby – transforming it into a destination local people can enjoy.

To achieve this, St. Modwen plans to:

  • Carry out improvements that will complement and enhance Kirkby Town Centre
  • Increase the choice and type of shops for local people
  • Provide accommodation that meets the needs and requirements of modern retailers, making Kirkby an attractive place to do business
  • Ensure that any new development is fully integrated into the existing Town Centre, with improved pedestrian links, so that the whole area benefits from any new development
  • Improved leisure amenities which would include restaurants and a cinema on the site of the old Kirkby Library
  • Create pockets of landscaping and green spaces, including a new area of public realm
  • Provide a temporary car park to the south of Cherryfield Drive to serve existing shops and local amenities, while the retail development is under construction.

The outline scheme has already seen significant interest from a number of national retailers and St. Modwen is in advanced talks with food retailers. Until these talks are complete and legal contracts exchanged St. Modwen is not in a position to announce the name of the supermarket.

Members of the project team will be available at the public exhibition to provide more details about the scheme and answer questions local people may have. There will also be opportunity for locals to offer feedback before the plans are developed further and a planning application is submitted to Knowsley Council for consideration.

Following St. Modwen’s £35.8m acquisition in November 2015 the team has been working closely with the local authority to develop plans for the Town Centre. A development agreement was signed earlier in the year, which set out St. Modwen’s ambitions for Kirkby.

Steven Knowles, North West Regional Director for St. Modwen, said: “Our plans for Kirkby provide us with an opportunity to develop a Town Centre that the people of Kirkby deserve and have been waiting a long time for.

“We strongly believe that our proposal will strengthen and enhance the existing Town Centre, increase the offer for shoppers by bringing new shops to Kirkby and create jobs for local people. We also have the potential to include a cinema and restaurants for local people to enjoy. We are looking forward to announcing the name of the supermarket operator soon.

“The public exhibition is a really important part of our community engagement on the scheme, it provides an opportunity for people to come and view the plans, find out more information and give us your feedback. We will then consider the feedback before the proposals are finalised and submitted to Knowsley Council.

“St. Modwen has made a long term commitment to Kirkby and since we acquired the Town Centre we have made it our priority to drive through immediate improvements. Working alongside Knowsley Council, we now have the opportunity to make more of a significant change.”

In the last 12 months St. Modwen has appointed a new Town Centre Manager, installed new planters and hanging baskets, increased the choice for shoppers, welcomed new while retaining existing stores, introduced new litter and recycling facilities, introduced three hours free parking, carried out a town centre improvement programme and introduced free Wi-fi.

These improvements also follow a fun-filled summer of weekend events for the whole family to enjoy. The summer activities were a real hit with shoppers and saw footfall at its peak reach 138,500.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Mike Murphy, said: “I’m delighted that St. Modwen has brought forward these plans for Kirkby Town Centre as they bring our long-awaited retail and leisure developments another step closer.

“The council and our partners have already completed a huge number of significant developments in Kirkby in recent years – the Kirkby Centre, Kirkby Leisure Centre, the new Kirkby Market, St Chad’s Public Health Centre, new housing, public art and improvements to the public realm in the town centre have all had a very positive impact on the town – for the benefit of Kirkby residents and businesses. Like all Kirkby residents, I now look forward to seeing the delivery of our new supermarket, shops, cinema and restaurant to confirm that Kirkby is a place on the up.”

Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre Manager – St. Modwen, added: “St. Modwen has an excellent reputation for managing successful Town Centre schemes and retail led developments. We have a real opportunity here to put Kirkby Town Centre back on the map. We are excited to share our redevelopment plans with the community.”

The public exhibition will take place on Friday 21 October, 10am to 3pm and Saturday 22 October, 9.30am to 1pm at 17 St Chad’s Parade, Kirkby Town Centre.

If you are unable to attend the exhibition, please visit: www.kirkbytowncentre.com where you can view the plans and submit your feedback. If you would like any more information or you have any queries, please contact: Kirkby@stmodwen.co.uk.

June 2016 - Refurbishment work gets underway at Kirkby Town Centre

Improvements to Kirkby Town Centre are now underway, as owners St. Modwen begin an eight-week refurbishment programme and announce a number of new lettings.

The works, which will improve the appearance of the shopping precinct, includes replacing worn out plaster work under shop canopies, painting the windows at first floor level, removing old and unused fixtures, painting columns and brickwork and adding a touch of greenery.

The Town Centre also welcomes three new tenants – Owens Quality Meat, Kirkby Nails and European Deli who have all opened up in recent weeks on St. Chad’s Parade.

Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews is pleased to announce that Greggs Bakery has confirmed a new five-year lease, reinforcing its commitment to Kirkby after completing a £100,000 refit.

B&M Bargains will soon be opening a second store in the former Co-Op unit on St. Chad’s Parade, increasing the size of the home discount offer.

Mike Matthews said: “We are delighted to welcome new and existing tenants to Kirkby Town Centre. Once the leases have been granted we hope to see new lettings fill the vacant units, bring a wider choice for shoppers and, in many cases, enable local businesses to grow and relocate to bigger premises.

“Shoppers really welcome the changes we are making and are voting with their feet as footfall figures top 125,000 people visiting Kirkby Town Centre each week.

“The Town Centre is really popular with local people and we look forward to further developing the area, but equally important is improving the existing facility.”

In June, the Town Centre will be coming out in bloom as colourful hanging basket adorn shop fronts and the planters along St. Chad’s Parade are replaced and replenished. Local businesses are invited to sponsor a hanging basket.

In addition, a programme of fun filled family events are also planned for the school summer holidays – full details can be found on the Town Centres recently launched website www.kirkbytowncentre.com.

Mike added: “We have a very exciting summer ahead in Kirkby. The current work that is underway is just the start of St. Modwen’s plans for Kirkby Town Centre. We have made a long-term commitment to the people of Kirkby and we will continue to keep you up to date on our plans.”

St. Modwen acquired Kirkby Town Centre in November 2015 and the team has been working closely with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council to develop plans for the Town Centre.

An outline scheme has been designed which will comprise of a supermarket, and in the region of 100,000 sq ft of new retail floorspace. The proposed plan has already seen significant interest from a number of national retailers and St. Modwen is in advanced talks with major food retailers to anchor the new scheme.

May 2016 - Kirkby Town Centre supports Give and Gain initiative

St. Modwen is supporting Business in the Community’s Give & Gain Day with a full day of volunteering activity at Kirkby Town Centre.

Now in its seventh year, Business in the Community's Give & Gain Day is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering and will see thousands of people from hundreds of companies volunteering on Friday 20 May.

Kirkby Town Centre manager Mike Matthews will lead a day of activity which will include; a litter pick, a recycling class with St. Modwen, an artwork project with Centre63 as well as a next steps session with Northwood Forest Garden. The chefs from Can Cook will also be on hand to provide a healthy lunch for all involved.

Mike Matthews said: “Give & Gain is a brilliant initiative championing the talent and energy found in business and the role it can play in helping communities, their ambition is to make a difference in the communities where we live and work. The initiative reflects the St. Modwen approach, as the leading regeneration specialist, to revitalise the Town Centre and help create a place that people can be proud of. We’re therefore delighted to give our support, have got lots planned and hope the community really get involved to make the day a success.”

You can view our Give and Gain comic by clicking here.

Mar 2016 - St. Modwen signs agreement to launch Kirkby Town Centre Regeneration

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has signed an agreement with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council which sets out a joint commitment to begin the development of Kirkby Town Centre.

Following St. Modwen’s £35.8m acquisition in November 2015 the team has been working closely with the local authority to develop plans for the Town Centre. An outline scheme has been designed which will comprise of a supermarket, and in the region of 100,000 sq ft of new retail floorspace. The outline scheme (shown below) has already seen significant interest from a number of national retailers and St. Modwen is in advanced talks with major food retailers to anchor the new scheme.

Commenting on the latest developments St. Modwen’s Projects Director, Paul Batho, said: “From the minute we acquired Kirkby Town Centre we have made it our priority to drive forward immediate improvements and this agreement with Knowsley Council now paves the way for wider, more significant change in the centre.  Our plans will see the strengthening of the existing Town Centre and the provision of new accommodation to be developed to accommodate the requirements of modern retailers. We have received very strong interest from both retailers and leisure operators, so much so we hope to also be able to introduce a leisure offer to the town which would be anchored by a cinema.

“We will be undertaking public consultation on our plans in the next few months and we are on track to submit a formal planning application later this year.”

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Mike Murphy, said: "I’m delighted that we are making real progress towards the redevelopment of Kirkby Town Centre.
“The council and our partners have delivered major multi-million pound improvements to the town centre and wider Kirkby area in recent years. I’m now very much looking forward to working with St. Modwen to bring forward the much-needed retail and leisure developments which will transform the Town Centre for the benefit of our residents, businesses and visitors.”

Within weeks of the acquisition St. Modwen appointed Mike Matthews as the Shopping Centre Manager to take responsibility for managing the day-to-day running of the Town Centre. In March, the re-instatement of three hours free parking proved a hit with shoppers and retailers alike.

A further appointment of a maintenance operative in February has seen immediate improvements to vacant units to make them more appealing to potential occupiers, the installation of new litter bins, new recycling facilities and the replacement of old planters with fresh new ones for Spring.

Commenting on the progress to date Mike Matthews said: “The people of Kirkby need and deserve to see improvements made to the Town Centre as quickly as possible and it has been our priority to make a change from day one.

“St. Modwen has made a significant long-term commitment to this town and of course it will take time to deliver the bigger overall development plans of which this agreement signifies the start. In the meantime, we are going to make as many changes as possible to improve the experience for shoppers, the business opportunities for retailers and to ensure that Kirkby has a town centre it can be proud of once again.”

The Town Centre team is also in the process of installing a new electronic footfall counting system which will provide valuable information from which to benchmark future performance. Weekly performance data from a number of tenants is being collated so that the team can monitor the town centre’s overall performance.

 

Oct 2015 - St. Modwen to acquire Kirkby Town Centre for £35.8M

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has exchanged contracts to acquire Kirkby Town Centre from Tesco for £35.8m, reflecting a net initial yield of 9% on the main Shopping Centre.

This transaction will now lead to a multi-million pound retail-led regeneration of Kirkby Town Centre which will be spearheaded by St. Modwen and carried out in partnership with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Together, they will work on plans to develop and expand the retail centre and complement the existing offer, as well as the provision of a significant new housing scheme on a 65 acre site situated close to the Town Centre.

Kirkby Town Centre currently comprises 400,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space which is leased to 80 tenants including New Look and Home Bargains.

St. Modwen’s in house asset team will take over the management of the Centre in order to let vacant space and increase footfall. The acquisition builds on the developer’s existing retail expertise in the North West, which includes the successful Wythenshawe Town Centre scheme.

The acquisition will also enable St. Modwen to continue its extensive development programme in Merseyside, with current projects including the Project Jennifer regeneration scheme at Great Homer Street in Liverpool, Skelmersdale Town Centre and Stonebridge Park Knowsley, which includes the new 69,000 sq ft depot building for DPD GeoPost.

Steven Knowles, Regional Director of St. Modwen, said: “Our investment in Kirkby Town Centre will bring about vital regeneration to revive the Town Centre and with the provision of a large new housing scheme will contribute to the Council’s commitment to provide 450 homes per year for the next 15 years.

“St. Modwen continues to make strategic acquisitions and add value through our income producing assets in the region, which in turn supports future employment opportunities in Merseyside. With the upturn in commercial development, the site is a good fit with our existing North West portfolio.”

The Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Andy Moorhead, said: “I’m delighted to welcome St. Modwen on board to deliver a major regeneration programme for Kirkby.

“St. Modwen is the UK’s leading regeneration specialist with a proven track record of delivering innovative and successful schemes across the country.

“Knowsley Council and our partners have already delivered major improvements to the town centre in recent years, investing £26m in the new Kirkby Centre, a new Kirkby Market, the St. Chad’s Health Centre, public realm improvements and new housing.

“We have also seen the wider Kirkby area benefit from investment of £96m in key local facilities, such as new schools, leisure facilities and green spaces.

“We were very disappointed that our previous private sector partner was not able to bring forward the retail offer which the residents of Kirkby deserve. We have been working hard to secure a replacement developer who is keen to invest in the town and we look forward to working with St. Modwen on their plans to complete the regeneration of Kirkby town centre and greatly enhance the retail offer for the benefit of our residents and businesses.”

Colliers International acted for St. Modwen.

13 Jan 2016 - St. Modwen appoints Shopping Centre Manager for Kirkby following acquisition

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has appointed a new Shopping Centre Manager in Kirkby following its acquisition in November 2015.

Mike Matthews will be responsible for managing the day-to-day running of Kirkby Town Centre, which boasts 400,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space currently leased to 80 tenants, including New Look and Home Bargains.

Mr Matthews will also be responsible for securing new lettings, increasing footfall alongside the St. Modwen team, and driving forward the regeneration of the Town Centre, which will be spearheaded by St. Modwen and carried out in partnership with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

He said: “St. Modwen has an excellent reputation for managing successful Town Centre schemes and retail-led developments so I am thrilled to be joining the team and am looking forward to meeting old and new customers over the coming months. There is a real opportunity to put Kirkby Town Centre back on the map and we are excited to share our redevelopment plans with the community in due course.”

Steven Knowles, Regional Director at St. Modwen in the North West, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Mike to our team at Kirkby Town Centre. He brings with him years of experience and knowledge, which will be invaluable as we continue to transform the Town Centre. Mike will play a pivotal role in engaging with the local community and breathing new life into the Town Centre.”

St. Modwen will shortly commence a programme of refurbishment works to some of the existing vacant shops which will make them more appealing to potential businesses.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Mike Murphy, said: "We’re pleased to welcome Mike to Kirkby and look forward to working closely with him as St. Modwen bring forward exciting new plans for the town centre.

“Knowsley Council and our partners have already invested more than £26m in Kirkby town centre in recent years and we are now working alongside St. Modwen to complete the retail-led regeneration.”

Prior to his appointment at Kirkby Town Centre, Mr Matthews was Centre Manager at Wigan Town Centre, working alongside the local authority. In this role, Mr Matthews managed the day to day running of the Town Centre and secured multiple awards for the town, including ‘Cleanest Town in the North West’ and ‘North West In Bloom’ for 10 years in a row