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Oct 2018 - St. Modwen welcomes further new occupiers to Crosby

St. Modwen welcomes further new occupiers to CrosbyVILLAGE Vets and The Aesthetics Hub are opening practices in Crosby after signing deals with St. Modwen.

The move adds to a growing number of new occupiers who have flocked to take premises in the redeveloped village centre, following a multi-million pound investment by the expert developer and regeneration specialist.  

Village Vets Formby has signed a 10-year lease to ­occupy a 3,830 sq ft first floor unit at 10 Moor Lane above newly-opened high-street fashion retailer Peacocks and is due to open its state-of the-art facility in November.

The popular independent business opened its first veterinary surgery in Formby in 1953, and was purchased by Kate Higgins and Howard Goatley in 2012. In addition to general practice, Village Vets also has visiting specialists in orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, cardiology and ultrasound imaging, offering a referral-standard service for all pets. 

Kate Higgins, prinicipal vet and owner at Village Vets Crosby, said: “This is extremely exciting for us. We have been looking for the right premises to locate our second practice for some time now and the newly refurbished units within the Glenn Buildings provides a perfect base for us. Being located in the centre of Crosby with excellent parking is ideal for our customers.

“We are a local independent business and enjoy being a part of the community where we are based in Formby.  We look forward to also becoming part of the community in Crosby while serving the needs of our new and existing customers .  We’re already taking pre-registrations and will be keeping people up-to-date as the building progresses via our website and social media.”

The Aesthetics Hub, which specialises in non-surgical treatments, has also taken new premises in Glenn Buildings South.

Run by independent nurse prescriber Abbey McLaughlin, the new medical aesthetics clinic is relocating from Waterloo and will be situated above the Card Factory. Work has already begun to transform the premises into a luxurious clinic due to open later this year.

Abbey said: “We are very excited about this expansion. Crosby Village is the perfect location for the business and we are delighted to have secured a long-term lease. The décor will fully complement the art deco building; it will be a medical aesthetics clinic that’s unparalleled in the North West.”

The relocation to Crosby Village marks a huge investment for the company. The expansion will include three treatment rooms where a plethora of competitively-priced non-surgical treatments will be carried out. Treatments include wrinkle-reducing injections, lip enhancement, dermal fillers, eye rejuvenation, medical grade skin care, peels and facials.

Andrew Day, Asset Manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are pleased to see that the investment St. Modwen has made in Crosby continues to revitalise the centre and bring a range of new occupiers to the village centre.

“The high quality of the retail units and office space has proved popular with occupiers. With only two units remaining, a function space and an office unit, we are confident that the available space will all soon be let.”

St. Modwen were represented by Lambert Smith Hampton in both deals.

Village Vets and The Aesthetics Hub join a raft of occupiers who have made a commitment to Crosby, including high street fashion chain Peacocks, Costa Coffee, Card Factory, café bar Frankie’s and longstanding local business The Blues Bar.

Aug 2018 - Former Apprentice star and a winner of Irish Masterchef set to open new coffee shop and bar in Crosby

A FORMER star of the Apprentice and an Irish Master Chef winner are launching a new coffee shop and cocktail bar in Crosby village, following St. Modwen’s multi-million pound investment in the village centre.

Crosby-born Kurt Wilson, who appeared on The Apprentice in 2014, and Harry Marquart, who won Head Chef in 2011, will be opening their latest venture Frankie’s in the summer.

When the local businessmen heard of St. Modwen’s investment in Crosby they said they had to get involved.

Frankie’s will open in the newly refurbished Glenn Buildings South and has signed a new 10-year lease with St. Modwen. The venue will serve bagels, sandwiches and light bites and will have an extensive cocktail menu.

The highly experienced team behind Frankie’s own Japanese sushi bar Izakaya in Liverpool and also includes Jack Doran, the former manager of The Alchemist in Liverpool. Named in memory of Jack’s father, Frankie’s will operate as a coffee shop in the day before shifting to a cocktail bar in the evening.

Harry, who also lives in Crosby, previously worked at Michelin starred restaurants Pollen Street Social in London and the Chester Grosvenor. He has also worked at the high-end London Carriage Works restaurant in Liverpool.

Kurt said: “We’re really excited to be opening Frankie’s in Crosby and we’re positive it will be a huge success. I’m Crosby born and bred, and when I heard about the regeneration plans for the area I had to get involved.

“Crosby is a great place with a beautiful beach that attracts people to the area, but it has been lacking in decent restaurants and bars for some time. It’s great to see this is now changing.”

St. Modwen got underway with the redevelopment of the Glenn Buildings and construction of 10 Moor Lane in June 2017 after acquiring the site and securing planning approval from Sefton Council for its plans to develop the 24,775 sq ft of retail, leisure and office space.

Alastair Budd, Director of Asset Management – North for St. Modwen, said: “Frankie’s will be an excellent addition to Crosby Village and we are pleased to be providing quality premises for another independent, local business.

“We have made a significant investment into the village and the fact that another business has chosen Crosby for their first site outside of the city centre is testament to the improvements that are being made.”

This deal follows the news that long standing local business The Blues Bar has expanded its premises and signed a new lease confirming its commitment to Crosby, Costa Coffee has renewed its lease and Peacocks is opening a new fashion store in the new buildings.

May 2018 - St. Modwen donation helps Crosby people get running


A £500 donation to the Friends of Moorside Park by St. Modwen will see investment in training by England Athletics and new sports equipment for the park running club.

The funding comes as St. Modwen completes the redevelopment of the Glenn Buildings and construction of 10 Moor Lane in Crosby village centre, which has provided new shop, leisure and office space for retailers and local businesses.

The Friends of Moorside Park promote healthy lifestyles to the local community with a weekly running club on Tuesday evenings, for all ages and abilities.

Recognised by Run Together, part of England Athletics, the Moorside Park Running Club requires an officially trained run leader for every 12 members.

St. Modwen’s donation will go towards training new run leaders and new equipment, including head torches and high-vis jackets for the winter months.

The club is now celebrating its third anniversary with 183 members.

Louise Hicks, Chair of the Friends of Moorside Park, said: “We are so grateful to St. Modwen for their extremely generous donation and the support they have given to the local community.

“The Friends of Moorside Park committee acts as a link between local residents and Sefton Council, and with no funding available we take a proactive role in raising money to improve the park and support local people.

“We’ve already had some great success stories with members turning their life around by attending the running club, and this donation from St. Modwen will ensure the running club can continue to grow.”

The Friends of Moorside Park is a group of volunteers, mostly Crosby residents, which was established in 2008. They are interested in improving the park and work in partnership with Sefton Council to do so.

Alastair Budd, Director of Asset Management, North at St Modwen, said: “We are impressed with the good work the Friends of Moorside Park are doing to improve the lifestyle of the local community.

“St. Modwen has made a considerable investment in Crosby, completing a multi-million-pound redevelopment in the village. We are committed to supporting the local community in the areas that we work

Feb 2018 - St. Modwen investment in Crosby village centre nears completion

ST. MODWEN’S latest phase of investment in Crosby village centre is nearing completion and a local restaurant and bar occupier is secured.

In the coming weeks the hoardings will come down to reveal the sympathetic refurbishment of the art deco style Glenn Buildings and the new build edition to the high street of 10 Moor Lane.

The Blues Bar, a long standing local business, has expanded its premises adding a new bar and dining area - confirming its commitment to Crosby. The popular bar has agreed a deal to take Unit 1 in the Glenn Buildings North as well as extending its lease on their current premises in Unit 2.  

Caddick Construction started on site with the redevelopment of the Glenn Buildings and construction of 10 Moor Lane in June 2017 after St. Modwen secured planning approval from Sefton Council for its plans to develop the 24,775 sq ft of retail, leisure and office space.

As the construction phase nears completion, Sefton Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Skills Cllr Marion Atkinson and councillors, whose wards neighbour the village centre, were given a hard hat tour to preview the redevelopment.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: "St. Modwen's investment in Crosby village centre really represents a significant and welcome contribution in delivering the aims and objectives of the ‘Investment Strategy’ we published in 2015.

"It also sits within our 2030 Vision highlighting the fact that Sefton is open for business.

"This scheme has significantly improved the fabric and appearance of the village centre along Moor Lane, creating new futures for these buildings including a new unit at 10 Moor Lane and the Glenn Buildings North and South.

"Along with recent environmental improvements to the street scene this will help to create a vibrant and pleasant village centre for our communities, as new retail and leisure uses will increase footfall and activity and support local independents.

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with St. Modwen and working with other investment interests in the future."

David Nuttall, Senior Development Manager for St. Modwen, said: “We are close to completing the multi-million pound investment in the Glenn Buildings, which has also included adding a new 9,800 sq ft building to increase the offer for occupiers.

“The Blues Bar has been a long-standing fixture on the high street in Crosby and had previously faced an uncertain future. We are delighted that they have committed to renewing their lease and feel confident in extending their bar into an additional unit.

“We are in detailed negotiations with further occupiers for the scheme and we hope to be able to make further announcements soon.”

Keith Downs, owner of The Blues Bar, said: “I’m pleased to have extended Blues Bar lease with St. Modwen which provides us with the stability to invest further in the business going forward.

“This includes the investment in our new venture next door which we are sure will provide the local community with yet more choice and variety going forward.
“We are also looking forward to seeing new businesses come into the village and would like to thank St. Modwen for their vision and redevelopment.” 

The newly refurbished retail and leisure units available to let range from 646 sq ft to 4,885 sq ft and are available to view. Lambert Smith Hampton is the agent.

Dec 2017 - St. Modwen annouce popular Liverpool bar has come to Crosby

St. Modwen annouce popular Liverpool bar has come to CrosbySt. Modwen has agreed a deal to bring a new boutique bar to Crosby in the former ‘Mimi’s Café’ unit off Moor Lane.

Hard Times and Misery, experts in craft beer and specialised gins, opened their second site last week in the village.

The bar is described as one of “Liverpool’s best kept secrets” and will build on the success of its highly regarded bar at Maryland Street in Liverpool city centre.
David Nuttall, Senior Development Manager, said: “This will be an excellent addition to Crosby Village and will complement our scheme at the Glenn Buildings well.
“We have made a significant investment into the village and the fact that a local business has chosen Crosby for their first site outside of the city centre is testament to the improvements that are being made to Moor Lane.

“St. Modwen’s work to the Glenn Buildings will be finishing soon which will bring forward the newly refurbished units and further enhance the village centre.”
Jen Peterson of Hard Times & Misery said, “It’s great to be part of the redevelopment of Crosby Village. Hard Times and Misery was born out of a love for great beer and amazing gin, and we’re really excited to share our passion with the people of Crosby.”

The redevelopment work in Crosby has included the full-scale refurbishment of the existing Glenn Buildings North and Glenn Buildings South as well as the replacement of number 10 Moor Lane with a two-storey retail and leisure unit.

Lambert Smith Hampton and Pinsent Masons represented St. Modwen.

May 2017 - St. Modwen announces Crosby start date

CrosbyREGENERATION specialist, St. Modwen, will commence the next phase of development at Crosby Village Centre in June.

The announcement follows the recent appointment of Caddick Construction to deliver a range of new and refurbished buildings in the centre.

The project will include the full-scale refurbishment of the existing Glenn Buildings North and Glenn Buildings South as well as the replacement of number 10 Moor Lane with a two-storey retail and leisure unit. The units are due to complete before Christmas 2017.

The scheme will deliver units ranging from 645 sq ft – 9,770 sq ft.

David Nuttall, Development Manager, St. Modwen said: “We acquired the assets in Crosby just over 12 months ago and it was clear that the Village Centre needed a lift. We are confident the new scheme will breathe new life into the traditional high street, preserving and modernising the attractive 1930s buildings while delivering new accommodation suitable for modern retailers.

“Since acquiring Crosby Village Centre, we have agreed a new 10 year lease with Home Bargains, we have also refurbished around 4,500 sq ft of office space, which is now 70 % let let. We are extremely excited about progressing with this next phase.”

LSH are the sole letting agents.

The project team includes: RPS (Project Manager and Employer’s Agent), JM Architects, NJL Planning, Hopkins Coates (M&E Consultants), Rodgers Leak (Engineers).

March 2017 – St Modwen receives planning approval for Glenn Buildings, South

St Modwen were delighted to receive planning permission for the refurbishment of the Glenn Buildings, south and the redevelopment of 10 Moor Lane.

Feb 2017 – St Modwen submits plans for the refurbishment of the Glenn Buildings, North

As part of the ongoing regeneration plan St Modwen have submitted planning for the refurbishment of the Glenn Building, on the north side of Moor Lane.

Dec 2016 – St. Modwen submits planning application for refurbishment of the Glenn buildin

As part of its wider regeneration plans for Crosby Village, St. Modwen has submitted plans for the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Glenn building, on the south side of Moor Lane.

Please click below links to the recent planning applications and visit our development page to leave feedback.

Dec 2016 – Royal British legion is given a helping hand for Christmas

St. Modwen is pleased to announce the temporary letting of a vacant unit to the Royal British legion this month. To celebrate the festive spirit, St. Modwen has gifted the use of the shop for free throughout December in order for the charity to sell Christmas Trees.

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

Nov 2016 - St. Modwen announces next phase of investment in Crosby Town Centre

St. Modwen is working on plans which focus on refurbishing the Glenn Buildings to the south of Moor Lane at the heart of the Village Centre.

The proposals bring forward four units within the existing Glenn Buildings, designed for modern retailers, plus a new larger format unit to attract new occupiers into the Village Centre.

David Nuttall, Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: "Following our acquisition of the assets earlier this year, we have been working to understand the buildings and have invested significantly in a range of surveys and investigative works at the site.

"Having secured Home Bargains within the village, this next phase of investment will safeguard the future of the Glenn Buildings - a feature on the high street for over 84 years - as well as bringing modern retail accommodation to Crosby Village Centre. This is the next step in our vision for our assets in Crosby and we are confident that this investment will boost not only this particular building but the whole Village Centre."

Aug 2016 - New lease agreed for retailer in Crosby

Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has agreed a new 10-year lease with Home Bargains at Crosby Town Centre cementing the national retailer’s presence in the town.

The Liverpool-based homewares store, one of the biggest employers in Merseyside, is located on Moor Lane.

Since acquiring the Town Centre earlier this year, St. Modwen has been working on plans to improve and modernise the buildings on Moor Lane, which they hope to finalise and announce in the coming months.  

David Nuttall, Development Manager for St. Modwen, said: “As well as looking to attract new occupiers into the town, it was also important to secure good quality existing occupiers within the centre.

“Securing Home Bargains is the first step towards achieving our goal in Crosby of a desirable town centre scheme.

“We are continuing to invest in surveys and investigative works to allow us to prepare a comprehensive plan for the balance of our assets, so we can bring forward attractive and deliverable proposals for the Town Centre.”

Lambert Smith Hampton and Pinsent Masons represented St. Modwen on the Home Bargains transaction.

Mar 2016 - St. Modwen acquires £2.65 Million of assets across Crosby Town Centre

THE UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen, has added to its North West retail portfolio with the acquisition of 26 retail units and a plot of development land.

In a £2.675 million deal St. Modwen acquired the multi-let retail assets in the heart of Crosby Town Centre with current tenants including - Home Bargains, Betfred and the Superdrug.

Steven Knowles, Regional Director – North West at St. Modwen, said: “This acquisition will complement our North West portfolio and fits with our strategy to acquire income producing assets to which we can further add value.

“Crosby is an attractive and affluent location in Merseyside and this acquisition will allow St. Modwen to build upon our wealth of retail experience in the North West.

“Our North West portfolio comprises more than 750 occupiers across four million sq ft and currently generates an annual income in excess of £14 million.”

Lambert Smith Hampton and Pinsent Masons represented St. Modwen. Colliers International advised Sainsbury’s in the disposal.
Ben Roberts, Lambert Smith Hampton’s Capital Markets team, added: “This is a big step forward for Crosby’s town centre. St Modwen brings a wealth of regeneration experience that perfectly positions it to revitalise the site in question. 

“Having such a prestigious and experienced developer involved in the scheme is a big draw to retail and leisure operators. We are already working with St Modwen on the scheme and developing ideas which will make the best of the space, spark new interest in the area, and make a real long term difference to the town.”

Greg Styles, Director, Retail Development, Colliers International, commented: “Retailing in Crosby has always been focussed on the prime thoroughfare of Moor Lane, with Sainsbury’s food store on Liverpool Road being the main anchor occupier for the town.

“Through an effective letting and asset management initiative, St. Modwen has the opportunity to substantially improve the tenant mix and rental income of Crosby, ensuring it reaches its untapped potential as a retail centre. There is also potential to explore the possible conversion of the upper floors for alternative uses.”