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MARKET VIEW: Why ST HELENS Has Huge Potential for Buy-to-let Property Investors?

One of the most industrially historic towns in Europe, St Helens is also renowned across the UK for its logistical excellence.

The warmth and welcome visitors receive from local people is a major factor in the town’s success as a place to do business, live, study and visit. St Helens is building on its rich industrial and cultural heritage to meet the needs of a growing population – currently 179,000 and projected to exceed 200,000 by 2025 – and provide a modern, well-connected base for a diverse range of employers and residents.

£300,000,000 Regeneration Master-plan

St Helens offers a rich variety of opportunities – from commercial developments to housing schemes – and expects to see more than £300m of town centre investment in the next 10 years.

It’s a key player in the Liverpool City Region economy, which is at the heart of UK Government’s Northern Powerhouse strategy.

The council has created a development fund to kick start development and bring in £300m of development and investment.

St Helens has a rich history of successful investments with particular examples including the award winning Market Place development and the recently opened £55.7bn HS2 Interchange running through the town centre. St Helens also houses Pilkington Glass the largest glass and manufacturing site in the North West and the home of St Helens RFC.

Across the range of potential town centre uses, areas identified for growth are

  • Retail – Consolidate the retail core

  • Tourism / Leisure – Increase offer for both leisure and tourism

  • Office – Improve Grade A office development offer to stimulate growth

  • Education – Working alongside University Centre of St Helens to significantly expand student accommodation and improve location and accessibility.

  • Residential – introduce additional town centre housing via Nicholson Group

  • Travel Infrastructure – The ability to create a walkable town centre, with public transport links and town centre living will create a sustainable and resilient town centre.

Economy and Employment

St Helens' economic output is worth millions in its own right, and it forms an important part of Liverpool City Region – the UK’s largest economy outside London.

It’s home to Northern Logistics Academy – the biggest logistics academy in the North at St Helens College, the first of its kind in the North of England and a distribution hub for major international names including Co-Op Group, Hut Group & Amazon.

Like all major urban centres, its success revolves around an ability to offer a wide range of reasons to visit: from major high street retailers and popular restaurant brands to sports facilities and cultural attractions

The town centre masterplan is designed to bring even greater diversity to that mix.


Located in the heart of the town, St Helens College alongside it University Centre, is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in the UK.

St Helens College are one of the largest further and higher education providers in the Northwest, with a proven track record of providing quality education since 1896.

St Helens College caters for students of all ages, studying at all levels. We provide courses and training to around 8,000 students across two main sites, the Town Centre Campus and the STEM Centre, Technology Campus.

Over recent years there has been significant investment in the facilities at both campuses with over £65 million being invested to ensure we have the right infrastructure to support the curriculum and to provide a truly top class student experience. Our facilities are exceptional, including a purpose built animal unit, hair and beauty salons which are open to the public, a fine dining restaurant run by students, music, TV and radio studios and much more.

St Helens College works closely with employers from across the Liverpool City Region to not only close the gap on skills but to contribute to the economic turnaround of the region. We are actively involved in the community, with local businesses and have excellent links with industry. This not only allows us to provide excellent opportunities for our students to gain work experience placements, apprenticeships and job opportunities but for the college to help employers ensure that they have a skilled workforce needed for the future.]

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