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Ellis Williams wins #DestinationBootle the UK’s largest community-led neighbourhood development

The winning team of consultants also include Structural Engineers Clancy Consulting, M&E Engineers SI Sealy Associates and BCA Landscape Architects to start the design of this innovative and unique regeneration of one of Liverpool’s historic areas.

The project, which sits alongside a beautiful canal and is a stones throw from docklands, will comprise of community-led housing including a mix of affordable homes for families, shared ownership and extra-care accommodation. SAFE will provide a range of creative activities and services for the new neighbourhood and the scheme includes plans for both ground source heating/Solar PV system, meeting an estimated 99% of the site’s energy requirements along with a 15-20% reduction of energy bills for residents. The development will also boast new work units, leisure facilities, a canal-side eatery, guest accommodation, boat moorings & water-based heritage tours of the canal – it is a true jewel in the crown of Liverpool City Region.

The development has received over £700,000 worth of funding support from Power to Change, Homes England Community-led Housing pot and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authorities Special Investment Fund, with the full support of Sefton Council to take this £33 million project through to full planning.

Brian Dawe the CEO of SAFE said, ‘Everything we have achieved, we have done working in partnership. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a happy, healthy neighbourhood –we are excited to be part of a passionate community that is helping us to shape and create a neighborhood for the future.”

Louise Sheridan, Liverpool Studio Director – Ellis Williams Architects commented, Ellis Williams specialise in community led regeneration developments and we are delighted to secure this unique project building on the great work and vision that SAFE has established.  The unique mix of social enterprise, creative arts hub and community led housing will transform Bootle’s stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool and create a truly vibrant new community.

To read more about the regeneration plans visit


#DestinationBootle Aerial View
#DestinationBootle Aerial View


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