Green light for Met's 'Wirral Waters' college

Green light for "Wirral Waters" college

Green light for "Wirral Waters" college

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by , Geoff Barnes

THE go-ahead for construction of the first building at Wirral Waters – a new Wirral Met campus – could be a catalyst for huge growth according to Wirral Council leader Phil Davies.

The multi-billion pound Wirral Waters venture, masterminded by developers Peel, is aimed at transforming Wirral docklands into a world-class waterfront project forming part of a revived and vibrant city region.

It brings the prospect of creating more than 20,000 new jobs over the next two to three decades.

The Wirral Met development will be a specialist Built Environment, Skills and Enterprise Centre. Its courses will be geared towards the workforce needs of Wirral Waters and the wider economy including renewable energy and construction sectors.

Cllr Davies said: “This is an extremely important and positive development.

“Wirral Waters can be the catalyst for huge growth in the construction and advanced manufacturing sectors, not just in the region but across the entire north of England.”

He went on: “It is absolutely fitting that the first building on the Wirral Waters site will be the one that is used to create the skills which will ensure the rest of the development fulfils all of our hopes and expectations.”

Peel’s project manager Richard Mawdsley said: “The new college is all about putting skills and training at the centre of Wirral Waters. Wirral Met will be training young adults with relevant skills aligned to local industries. “Since we received planning permission for Wirral Waters back in May 2012 we’ve been focussed on site preparation, remediation and infrastructure – all of which take time.”

Preparation of the Wirral Waters site has been made possible by a £2.5m repayable loan from the Homes and Communities Agency to Peel.

The campus will be developed in partnership between Wirral Met with Peel with funding from the Skills Funding Agency, the College and Peel.

College principal Sue Higginson said: “We are targeting to have the building completed for students in September 2015.

“We have worked very closely with Peel’s design team – who established the detailed needs of the college early in the process.

“We are delighted with the end result – a building that is, in essence, an ‘essay in construction.’

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2:04pm Mon 11 Aug 14

tiprat says...

Another Campus for the Wirral Met!
They certainly seem to do well for funding new builds, and on new, prestigious sites like Europa Boulevard and 12 Quays, and now Wirral Waters.
What will happen to the existing developments - are they to be kept on or will there be another white elephant building for sale or let on Europa Boulevard?
Where do they get their all their money from....there appears to be no end to it...perhaps they could help out with a little cash to keep some libraries and Lyndale School open....
Another Campus for the Wirral Met! They certainly seem to do well for funding new builds, and on new, prestigious sites like Europa Boulevard and 12 Quays, and now Wirral Waters. What will happen to the existing developments - are they to be kept on or will there be another white elephant building for sale or let on Europa Boulevard? Where do they get their all their money from....there appears to be no end to it...perhaps they could help out with a little cash to keep some libraries and Lyndale School open.... tiprat
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2:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

ballacrain says...

How many more plans are going to be published before we actually see building work taking place. An awful lot of talk but as yet no action.
How many more plans are going to be published before we actually see building work taking place. An awful lot of talk but as yet no action. ballacrain
  • Score: 2

9:17pm Mon 11 Aug 14

David Scott says...

Be good if 'Wirral Waters' really does happen, but I'm hoping someone can explain for me what opening this college building has to do with it.
Be good if 'Wirral Waters' really does happen, but I'm hoping someone can explain for me what opening this college building has to do with it. David Scott
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10:04pm Mon 11 Aug 14

bloodtub says...

why not build on land that the council owens instead of leasing and paying rent my be people might think its pay back for all those trips china
why not build on land that the council owens instead of leasing and paying rent my be people might think its pay back for all those trips china bloodtub
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10:30am Tue 12 Aug 14

manic28_am says...

Tiprat.... you're spot on.

It wasn't that long ago that Wirral Met was millions of pounds in the red. This had a lot to do with the amount of "expansion" and buildings owned/leased. Yet again Wirral Met getting itself involved in pet building projects...and it appears to be just for the sake of it.

If they have that much money to 'invest', why not spend it on making links with local primary and secondary schools, supporting the staff and teachers in their job which will also help promote the college to potential future students.

The amount of Wirral Primaries and Secondaries that have closed/reduced in size because of falling numbers in the last 10 years is about to hit them. Maybe they've forgotten about that. Wrong time to be taking on a vanity building project? Just a thought.
Tiprat.... you're spot on. It wasn't that long ago that Wirral Met was millions of pounds in the red. This had a lot to do with the amount of "expansion" and buildings owned/leased. Yet again Wirral Met getting itself involved in pet building projects...and it appears to be just for the sake of it. If they have that much money to 'invest', why not spend it on making links with local primary and secondary schools, supporting the staff and teachers in their job which will also help promote the college to potential future students. The amount of Wirral Primaries and Secondaries that have closed/reduced in size because of falling numbers in the last 10 years is about to hit them. Maybe they've forgotten about that. Wrong time to be taking on a vanity building project? Just a thought. manic28_am
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