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  • The Liverpool Innovation Park has been an employment site since late 1800s and was formerly known as the Strowger Works
  • At the end of the 20th century the area was at the heart of the British Telecommunications industry, manufacturing telephones and employing over 9,000 people on site
  • In 1961 Plessey Telecommunications formed and Strowger Works became the headquarters, controlling the activities of 30,000 staff across NW, NE, Midlands as well as in Brazil, Portugal, Ireland, Singapore, Canada and Nigeria.
  • The main building on the site was opened by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in November 1987.
  • GEC and Siemens acquired Plessey in 1989 and changed name to Marconi in 1999.
  • By 2001 shares were plummeting and Marconi began selling off assets
  • The Marconi site was acquired by the Northwest Development Agency in 2005 and the remaining staff transferred with the site closing in 2006.
  • In December 2006 NWDA transferred their sites in this area (excluding the Littlewoods Building) into a joint venture with Ashtenne Industrial Estates the JV was NORWEPP, trading as Space Northwest.
  • In 2012, Liverpool City Council acquired the 15 acre development plots from Space Northwest and in 2014 the building was acquired by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Recent Development

  • A new state-of-the-art reception and networking area was opened in 2011. It was part of a £4m scheme to provide “an impressive new business gateway to the prominent Edge Lane site and a 5,000 sq ft WiFi-enabled networking facility where like-minded entrepreneurs can collaborate, exhibit products and services and access professional business support” It was the product of a £2.5m investment from Liverpool Innovation Park operator Space North West, and was supported with a further £1.42m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • The facility includes two training/meeting rooms, exhibition space, two semi-private meeting pods and a café-cum-bistro, overlooking attractive landscaped gardens and provides a focus for social activities on the Park for both existing tenants and the wider business community.  The two suites adjacent to the reception have been named in honour of serial inventor Trevor Baylis.
  • In 2012, NORWEPP secured an investor from Ireland in the form of Ben Dunne Gyms and an 18,000 sq ft gym was added to the park’s assets.
  • The main entrance to the site, to the North is via Edge Lane.  As a main arterial route to the city Edge Lane had extensive work completed on it in the lead up to the Capital of Culture year in 2008.  Liverpool Vision and the NWDA sought to create a boulevard style entrance to the city that would improve the sense of arrival to the city and enhance the image of the area. The main entrance to the Park was installed as part of the Edge Lane improvements with new signage, feature walls and pencil lighting.