History

Over 300 years of excellence

We're building on our rich history to create a prosperous future. As one of the leading infrastructure, transport and real estate companies in the UK, the Peel Group has become a part of the country’s DNA. Our vision to create sustainable environments where people and businesses can flourish has cemented us as an organisation that changes thinking, shapes the future and transforms industries and lives.

Some of the landmarks that have shaped Peel Ports Group today:

1715

To accommodate larger ships Liverpool built the world’s first commercial wet dock.

1850

Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister and founder of the Metropolitan Police, dies. His hometown of Bury, where his father’s textile business Peel Mills was founded, mourns him and erects Peel Tower in his memory.

1882

Businessman Daniel Adamson becomes the champion of the Manchester Ship Canal although he does not live to see its completion in 1894.

1966

Formation of Clydeport under the Clyde Port Authority, a trust post, subsequently privatised in 1992.

1987

The future of the Manchester Ship Canal is secured when it is added to Peel’s portfolio of businesses.

2003

Peel acquires Clydeport plc and its west coast Scottish ports. Peel also acquires a 75% stake in Durham Tees Valley Airport.

2005

Acquisition of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company bringing together the Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal with Clydeport and Medway Ports makes Peel Ports division the second largest ports group in the UK.

2008

Peel proposed a £50 billion investment strategy for the North West spanning the next 50 years named Ocean Gateway.

2016

Liverpool2, Peel Ports £400m deep-water container terminal and gateway to the North opens for business.