- 24 March 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
The Drone Major Group has announced it is to operate a Test and Development Area over and around Liverpool. The plan is to create a pathway to develop operational capabilities in urban logistics, the environment, security, maritime logistics, port and maritime, and the wider community.
The Phoenix I project is to be delivered in partnership with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and several regional partners, including LogisticsUK, Peel Ports Group, SP Energy Networks, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Liverpool John Lennon Airport, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.
This will be the first in a series of interconnected projects that are being developed by the Drone Major Group to develop the concept of drone deliveries in all environments and sectors of the UK.
Robert Garbett, founder of Drone Major Group, commented, “Drones represent an unprecedented growth opportunity across a huge number of global industries. Liverpool City Region has clearly demonstrated its commendable intent to adopt a sustainable and commercially viable drone technology system for the city, ahead of the curve, which sets an example to all.
“The potential for this unique collaborative initiative is vast. It enables cities, regions and industries to achieve their potential and will create an overwhelmingly positive impact on UK and indeed world economic growth through enhanced commerce, employment, skills, education and decarbonisation.”
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram of the Liverpool City Region added, “The Liverpool City Region is a digital powerhouse. We have the world class infrastructure, expertise and ambition to be leaders of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It’s fantastic to see the Drone Major Group recognising that by choosing to open their test and development area here.
“This project will deliver new jobs and investment and will attract people to our area not just to work but to study too, knowing that we are working on cutting-edge and exciting projects such as this, as well as ambitious plans in everything from digital infrastructure and tidal power.”