The council has been searching for a developer or investor for the 90-acre site for a number of years, and exploring different procurement routes. The latest launched in March; Ion and Midia both submitted expressions of interest, and due to similarities in their proposals suggested to the council they work together on the scheme.

Curtins were part of the 1980s Festival Gardens project and so it is very exciting to be part of one of the biggest and most ambitious regeneration projects on Merseyside and in the Northwest.

The focus for the end of this year, and start of next, will be on developing a combined masterplan between the development teams then coordinating with a remediation strategy for the former landfill site.