A new Merseyside development needs operators to run a restaurant, bar and other leisure outlet. Neptune Development's £30m mixed use scheme, The Waterfront in Southport, has instructed Christie & co to market the sites. All the outlets offer external piazzas and terraces – with A3, A4 and D2 usage approved – and unit space of 1,500 sq ft to 15,000 sq ft available. This new instruction follows the successful sale of the 133 bedroom, 4-star Ramada Plaza Hotel at the same development by Christie & Co. Steve Parry, managing director of Neptune Developments, said: “With current delegate numbers averaging around 2,000 per conference and the number of conferences forward booked into 2009/2010 set to double from pre-development levels, supported by a 4 star hotel, we believe The Waterfront will be a vibrant location for restaurants, café bars and leisure, and with Stanley Casino’s relocating their existing Southport operation from Lord Street with a 1,675 sq m ‘Circus Casino’, the overall offer here will be compelling.” Christie + Co director and head of leisure Jon Patrick added: “A successful marketing campaign of The Waterfront’s restaurant, bar and leisure opportunities will be another step in the current renaissance that Southport is currently undergoing. “The up-and-coming town, which has a population of around 100,000, is currently a base for a number of highly successful leisure and hospitality businesses. “It also attracts approximately 11 million annual visitors, which inject an additional £220 million in the local economy. All these factors make The Waterfront, and indeed Southport, the perfect location for high-quality national operators looking to expand in high density and high footfall areas.” Christie & Co will be working alongside Peter Mowbray of Chester-based surveying practice Mowbray Gill.