Working in partnership to develop skills in Wirral and the wider Liverpool region

Special guests from Wirral and the wider Liverpool region attended the official opening of Hythe, Peel L&P’s high-tech business center in Wirral Waters today on Friday 11th March.

The event was an opportunity for everyone involved in building Hythe to celebrate the successful delivery of the transformation project, which used innovative low-carbon construction techniques and will act as a catalyst for economic growth. at Birkenhead.

During the construction of Hythe, many construction students from Wirral Met College benefited from site visits and other learning opportunities by gaining hands-on work experience on site, many of which have resulted in full-time positions in the construction industry.

Representatives from Wirral Council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Merseyside Pension Fund and Wirral Met College attended the event to officially open the ‘next generation’ office building, located in the Four Bridges area at Wirral Waters.

After the groundbreaking, five students from Wirral Met College who were involved in building Hythe were congratulated by Liverpool Area Mayor Steve Rotheram and Andy Young, Project Manager at GMI Construction Group, who presented them with goods. in recognition of their involvement in the program.

Millie Fawcett and David Burdon, both Wirral Met Carpentry and Joinery students, helped with dry coatings of various floors and areas in Hythe, Alfie Jones and Alex, L2 plumbing and 3 students worked on the first fix to the heating system, and an L3 electrical installation student assisted qualified electricians on construction with cable containment fabrication including; duct, tray and trunking systems that supply electricity and lighting to all floors.

David said: “I really enjoyed working on Hythe. I thought it was a nice place to work, clean and I worked there with good people. I also had a good mentor on site who taught me a lot. As a result of this experience, I was hired by a dry coating company and worked at several sites including Rochdale Infirmary. I’m really happy to be rewarded because I didn’t expect it.

Millie said: “GMI was the first door that opened for me and since then many more have opened. I’m grateful that they gave me this opportunity and I’m really happy to be recognized. in this way.

Sue Higginson, Principal of Wirral Met College, said: “We are extremely proud of our students and what they have achieved here at Hythe. It’s great to be able to highlight this involvement.

“At Wirral Met, we give all of our students real-world work experience to prepare them for the vocation they are entering and to ensure that they emerge with the skills, knowledge and behavior sought by employers in industry.”

Richard Mawdsley, Development Manager for Wirral Waters at Peel L&P, said: “It’s an exciting day for Wirral Waters. The success of Hythe is a testament to the collaboration and working in partnership of everyone involved, from our talented students and local contractors who have been engaged in delivering the project, to our funders and building partners.

“Hythe is a key part of the high quality sustainable urban neighborhood we are creating in Wirral Waters and it will act as a catalyst for economic growth in the area by providing high quality office space that will allow local businesses to grow.

“I would like to thank all the partners involved and the GMI Construction team who have done a fantastic job delivering this incredible asset for Wirral Waters.”

Andy Young, Project Manager, said: “Leaving a legacy behind is important to our business, as is our partnership approach to our projects.

“Working closely with Wirral Met College, we have been able to provide students with a real-world construction experience that will hopefully train new site managers and construction workers of tomorrow.

“This relationship with Wirral Met is one we will continue to cultivate as we bring more programs like this to the region.”

Also present were Wirral Council Leader Cllr Jeanette Williamson; Chairman of the Economics, Regeneration and Development Committee, Cllr Tony Jones; Cllr Cherry Povall, Deputy Chairman of Merseyside Pension Fund; Sue Higginson, Principal of Wirral Met College; and Richard Mawdsley, Development Director of Peel L&P for Wirral Waters.

Hythe’s construction has achieved its BREEAM target of ‘Excellent’ by including low carbon procurement initiatives and innovative construction techniques which set high standards for sustainability and place it in the top 10% of all buildings for its green credentials.

Efficient building systems, sustainable urban drainage, installation of photovoltaic panels, electric car charging stations, bicycle facilities and future arrangements for bicycle charging stations have all contributed to this achievement.

The construction of Hythe has also brought significant benefits to the local economy and the economy of the wider Liverpool region. More than £1.5m of construction costs were spent in the Liverpool City area construction supply chain, with almost a third of the 422 contractors working on Hythe were based in the Liverpool area Liverpool City. This was a direct result of the Peel L&P and GMI Construction “Meet the Builder” events.

Hythe was funded by Peel L&P, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, through the Local Growth Fund, and the Merseyside Pension Fund, managed by the investment advisory team at CBRE, part of CBRE Capital Advisors. The local growth funding is awarded to the Liverpool Region Local Business Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.

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