Aug 29 2007 by Tony McDonough, Liverpool Daily Post
New homes plan for tobacco factory
DEVELOPER George Wimpey has acquired the former Ogden’s tobacco factory in Liverpool and has submitted plans for a multi-million pound residential scheme.
However, although the factory itself will be demolished, Wimpey says it will preserve and refurbish the site’s Grade 2 listed former-office building with its landmark clock-tower.
Last year, Imperial Tobacco announced the closure of the factory in West Derby Road, which was opened more than a century ago.
The decision led to the loss of 140 jobs at the plant, which produced pipe tobacco and snuff. Imperial blamed the decline in demand for both products for the closure.
The 8.5 acre site on the fringe of the city centre was the last tobacco factory in Liverpool and closed its doors in March.
The Ogden’s Tobacco site originally opened in 1899 producing snuff and pipe tobacco. In latter years it packaged Golden Virginia tobacco.
It was acquired by Imperial in 1904.
George Wimpey’s North West division intends to create a new area that provides homes for all ages, including houses and apartments.
Subject to planning permission the developer will commence site works later this year with the first homes ready for occupation in mid 2008.
Andrew Ferguson, senior land manager for George Wimpey, said: “This site has been at the heart of the local community for over a century and we are thrilled at the prospect of bringing much-needed quality homes into this area.
“Our carefully planned proposals will respectfully refurbish and redevelop the listed office building and preserve the local landmark clock tower.
“Building new homes for all ages and price-brackets will encourage local people to stay and bring new life into this area of the city.”