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Heath Park in Cheshire

A great opportunity to invest in an innovative, mixed-use regeneration and real estate park that’s focused on market-leading green technology.

Suitable for a development and investment partner, Heath Park is an ambitious mixed-use development with sustainability, clean energy, and net zero at its core.

Delivering a modern ‘live, work, play’ environment, the target is to complete the project within 5 years.

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Location:

Runcorn in Cheshire

Investment type:

Capital investment - real estate

Sector:

(Greener buildings, Mixed use, Residential, Offices, Retail, leisure & creative)

Project promoter:

SOG Group

Scale:

£190 million

Planning status:

Planning application to be submitted

Time to Final Investment Decision (FID):

1-2 years

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Sector and market opportunity

Heath Park will be located in a long-established science and business park and will create a sustainable environment for families to live, work and play in.

As a Liverpool City Region ‘Beacon Project’, the site will evolve to meet the challenges of tomorrow in a realistic and commercially viable venture - existing buildings will be repurposed alongside the new development, with health, wellbeing, and clean energy central to everything.

Location

Located in North Cheshire, Heath Park is conveniently situated between Liverpool and Manchester.

There is already an accomplished science and business presence in Runcorn, and Heath Park will be an important asset to the surrounding area. It will offer energy efficient housing and a next-generation vertical farm to help feed the local community.

Connectivity

The park will be within easy reach of the international airports of both Liverpool and Manchester.

A recently opened second bridge across the River Mersey gives fast access to Liverpool, while London is accessible in less than 2 hours by train from Runcorn Station (which is just 5 minutes away from the park).

The M56 and M62 are nearby, giving direct access to the national motorway network. Liverpool’s international maritime port is also close.

Local talent and skills

The area at Heath Park is currently home to 120 businesses, supporting 2,000 jobs across more than 20 different business sectors.

The award-winning site has a long and distinguished history in research and development. By employing highly skilled individuals, it has established a strong reputation for cutting-edge science, technical subject matter expertise, and global operations.

Over 2,000 patents have been registered through pioneering R&D work undertaken since SOG Group launched The Heath in 2000.

Research and expertise

SOG Group specialises in regeneration and has collective expertise that’s been acknowledged by business leaders, heads of government, and cross-party politicians for more than two decades.

The universities of Liverpool and Lancaster have worked alongside an experienced design team to give support to vertical farming and design-led healthy community solutions.

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Further details

The development includes a significant element of refurbishment and repurposing to aid in the reduction of carbon use within the construction process.

In addition, the works will aim to use reclaimed and recycled materials.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) highlights

Heath Park has been designed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, well ahead of the UK government’s 2050 target.

It will achieve a high-end score on the global real estate benchmark GRESB (the assessment is currently being undertaken) that assesses the environmental and sustainability benefits of the scheme.

Heath Park will offer outstanding social benefits and reports are being commissioned to confirm the exact extent of them.

Promoters and partnerships

Heath Park is currently being promoted under the leadership of SOG Group.

Strong partnerships have been formed with Halton Borough Council (leadership and planning), together with the offices of the Mayor of Liverpool City Region and the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

SOG Group is liaising with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Innovate UK, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) on the overall programme, with particular emphasis on the project’s ground-breaking vertical farming elements.

Local and national government support

In addition to academic and professional support, Heath Park has received widespread political support from Liverpool and Manchester’s Metro Mayors, as well as the local MP and leader of the local council.

SOG Group’s regeneration model has received impressive endorsements from prominent figures for more than 20 years, including acknowledgements for the Heath Park vision.

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