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Government backs Bootle Strand Vision with £20m

Bootle Strand shopping centre will be given a new lease of life after the Government approved £20m in funding for Sefton Council’s regeneration project.

In January, Sefton Council saw its bid for Levelling Up funding for Bootle rejected by Whitehall. However, in the Spring Budget, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt offered £20m to Sefton Council for the Strand transformation.

Sefton sees the centre as a vital component of regeneration of the wider Strand area. In partnership with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority it has pushed forward with the Bootle Canalside Salt & Tar entertainments venue.

But the plan for the shopping centre is the main prize and now, with new funding secured, Sefton will work with K2 Architects and property consultancy Avison Young, to make its vision a reality.

As part of the vision the Strand will become home to a community college digital hub, a health hub and beehives to create an “open, outward-looking environment”.

This project is set to be an exemplar of regeneration in an area that is one of the most deprived in the country. We have been working with the team at Sefton Council for a number of years on this project, collaboratively shaping the narrative alongside K2 Architects. It’s fantastic to see the hard work and our combined vision coming to fruition, to transform this vital space and create a vibrant place for the people of Bootle.

Stephen Cowperthwaite
Managing Director, Liverpool, Avison Young