Cowley Hill, St Helens

Key facts


St Helens








Planning approved

1,100 homes

A redevelopment proposal to regenerate 104 acres of redundant land at the Cowley Hill Works, St Helens. Including masterplanning, architectural and urban design for a phased delivery of 1,100 homes and up to 4,700 sqm of leisure, commercial and retail space including a 100 bed hotel.


Cowley Hilll will deliver 1,100 homes on the site of the former Pilkington Glass Works in St Helens, the plot is the largest brownfield allocation within St Helens. Within the proposals existing buildings on the site are to be demolished, making way for the delivery of 1,100 homes over four phases. Phase 1 would consist of 198 homes and later phases of 328, 289, and 285 would follow.

The proposals also include 43,000 sq ft of flexible commercial space, which includes a 100-bed hotel and other potential uses include retail units, bars and restaurants, and offices.

The developer, a joint venture between Promenade Estates and land development company BXB, lodged plans to redevelop the 104-acre site last year. Nexus Planning is the planning consultant on the project and Brock Carmichael are the architects designing the scheme.

Amongst the 1,100 homes there will be a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom detached, semi and town houses, with 2 or 3 storey apartments for sale and rent at key gateway locations within the development. The site also allows for a high number of connected green spaces, pedestrian links and greenways to connect to Victoria Park and makes provision for areas of wildlife and water habitats.