01 Sep 2017
Around 1,500 new jobs could be created in the first phase of a transformational redevelopment of Liverpool’s King’s Dock waterfront.
If the planning application is accepted, it will be the single biggest jobs boost for the Liverpool City Region since the opening of shopping, dining and leisure complex, Liverpool ONE in 2008.
Wirral-based business The Contact Company, owned by LEP Chairman Asif Hamid, is working with landowner Liverpool City Council and development partner YPG to build new offices on land at Monarch’s Quay. The 1,500 new employees will occupy the offices and will fill roles required to service the growing business. The offices are expected to be operational by the end of the year.
Asif Hamid MBE, Chief Executive Officer at The Contact Company said: “Our new office will be a high quality, landmark building and will mean a huge range of opportunities for employment and training. We remain committed to our Wirral operation but this development will enable us to significantly expand our business and compete for global customer care contracts.”
Pending approval, subsequent development of the site could include a 2,000-seat ice rink, a hotel, new apartments and homes, restaurants, bars, shops and a car park. A new Winter Garden, ten pin bowling and an innovative virtual reality leisure centre are also being considered. It is expected that hundreds of jobs would also be created during the further development stages and during construction.
Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said: “The Contact Company is one of the city region’s more recent success stories. I’m delighted that it has chosen to invest in our area again with this exciting project, which recognises that ambitious growth plans such as those proposed can be successfully realised here.”
The Contact Company provides customer contact services to a range of UK and international businesses. It was founded in 2006 with 15 staff and now employs some 1,200 people at its two contact centres and recruitment centre in Wirral.