Mayoral Development Zone
Well connected, well planned, and well provisioned, Central Liverpool MDZ straddles either side of Edge Lane, the city’s principal road corridor that links the City Centre with the M62 and the motorway network.
Since the 1980s it has been home to the well established Wavertree Technology Park – an industrious community of small and medium-sized digital and tech firms and knowledge-intensive specialists. They include mobile communications, finance and pharmaceutical companies – all enjoying super fast fibre-optic broadband, acres of free parking and a great range of local services.
Nearby, the former art-deco headquarters of the Littlewoods Pools empire is a major landmark building and is to be converted into a film and television production hub.
The city’s hotbed for digital and tech firms
Few areas of the city have seen as dramatic a transformation as Edge Lane. In the past decade, more than £45million has been spent on striking public realm improvements, improved junctions, and better pedestrian and cycle access. Recent work has also included the construction of Innovation Boulevard, a new link between Edge Lane and Wavertree Technology Park, bringing this tight-knit community even closer together.
Major new retail and leisure opportunities are now becoming available as a result of the rebuild of the £100million Edge Lane Retail Park redevelopment.
Central Liverpool MDZ Enjoys some of the highest take-up rates anywhere in the city. Major employers include Nutricia Liverpool, the worldwide lead in Advanced Medical Nutrition for use in dietary support. Barclays Bank chose the area for one of its busiest call centres, the life-changing Roy Castle Lung Foundation’s research hub is based here, along with the game-changing tech of Human Recognition Systems.
Liverpool Innovation Park hosts several businesses specialising in digital and creative technologies including AIMES Grid Services, website consultancy BMK Digital and Zut Media. The nearby Wavertree Business Village is home to over 20 businesses including Cupera International Ltd and Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust.
The Stanley Industrial Estate to the north of the zone contains the Liverpool Meat and Fish Market, as well as both Scottish Power and United Utilities installations, and an Arriva bus depot. In 2009, Network Rail built a £15million maintenance depot at Picton Road; it is now used by Alstom to maintain Virgin’s Pendolino trains.