A ceremony has marked the start of enabling work for a new college campus in Birkenhead.
Over the next 16 weeks, VINCI Construction UK’s team will demolish existing buildings, divert services and carry out ground remediation in preparation for the soon-to-be-built Wirral Metropolitan College campus.
The ceremony was attended by Project Manager Martin Horton, Business Development Director Colin Rankin, college Principal Sue Higginson, Peel’s Richard Mawdsley, plus two of the college’s students.
Sue Higginson, Principal for Wirral Met, said: “Education and skills are crucial to every thriving economy. I am delighted that Wirral Met will be playing a central part in helping local people unlock their potential and gain the skills needed to be part of our vibrant, Liverpool City Region.”
Martin Horton, Project Manager for VINCI Construction UK, said: “It is a very exciting time for Wirral – 500 acres of land will be redeveloped into an international destination, creating thousands of jobs and opportunities for local businesses to expand, and we are part of making this happen.”
Richard Mawdsley, Project Director for Peel, added: “Today marks an important moment in Wirral Waters’ future with the preparation of the site for the new College. Wirral Met’s new college campus will become the first new building on what is the UK’s biggest regeneration project.”
Carried out on behalf of developer Peel Investments, the project is due for completion in late December 2014.
Once complete, the campus will be the first capital building on Wirral Waters, one half of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone.
The project marks a significant step forward for Wirral Waters; a 30+ year vision to transform 500 acres of Birkenhead dockland.