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Manchester

Jones Lang LaSalle advises on disposal of 18 former landfill sites in Greater Manchester


Manchester, 8 January 2013 - Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), advised by Jones Lang LaSalle, confirms the sale of 18 former landfill sites, comprising of some 526 acres in Greater Manchester. The sites have been sold by GMWDA to Landcare (Manchester) Limited (Landcare) for an undisclosed sum.

Following a rigorous selection process undertaken by GMWDA, and its advisors Jones Lang LaSalle, and an extensive due diligence programme undertaken by Landcare, agreements were completed on the 17th December 2012 for full freehold and environmental responsibility to pass to Landcare at the outset. Operational support will be provided by Landcare’s sister company Thornton Facilities Management.
 
Landcare specialises in providing ‘managed exits’ to a variety of blue chip clients in the UK and Europe, seeking to divest redundant liability ‘Brownfield’ sites. Landcare, being part of the wider NPL group, is able to call on in house expertise covering environmental management, facilities management, development planning, laboratory analysis, renewable energy and waste management operations to offer unique solutions to its extensive client base.
 
GMWDA Chair, Councillor Neil Swannick said: “We signed the 25 year Recycling and Waste Management Contract to manage the Authority’s waste with Viridor Laing in April 2009.  The next logical step was to look at better ways to manage some 18 former landfill sites. The sites were a legacy from the past when the majority of waste was disposed directly to landfill. The Authority was very clear that a sale with on-going commitment to proactive site management was the priority. As such we are delighted that Landcare, a specialist professional company with the right expertise and the opportunity to bring the sites into more beneficial use, be that through focussed community engagement or in some cases through redevelopment has been selected”.
 
Landcare’s Group Managing Director Simon Towers added: “This transaction cements Landcare’s standing as the UK’s leading liability divestment company. We are delighted that the Authority has placed its trust in Landcare to take over responsibility of the sites which have been managed well for the last 20 years or so. A number of the sites are at present enjoyed by local communities and our aim is to enhance partnership arrangements and be a visible, responsive and responsible company. We will over time look at ways in which sites can be enhanced through funding and in some cases through redevelopment, but our core focus is retaining the levels of care and maintenance and ensuring that the sites continue to no longer pose a risk to the environment”.
 
John Lafferty, John Lafferty, associate director, Planning and Development, at Jones Lang LaSalle in Manchester, said: “This is a unique portfolio sale of former landfill sites which are spread over the Greater Manchester conurbation.  Jones Lang LaSalle has been advising on the scheme for a considerable period, which is complex because of the diverse nature of assets being sold as a single transaction.  We are delighted that the transaction has been completed.”
 
“Landcare has a proven track record for being an excellent custodian of similar assets and of dealing with this type of site, making them an ideal purchaser.” 
 

The change in ownership will result in minor visible changes to the appearance of the sites at the outset, apart from the erection of signage with contact details for Landcare and asking members of the public to report antisocial behaviour and flytipping.  Landcare are planning an interactive website for interested parties to learn more about planned activities and maintenance and to post blogs and ideas for enhancement.

Landcare was advised by Squire Sanders (UK) LLP’s partner Mark Gaffney.