Contractor appointed for Northbank public realm works at Wirral Waters

The next stage of development of the Northbank neighbourhood at Peel L&P’s Wirral Waters is set to proceed following the selection of Eric Wright Civil Engineering (EWCE) as the main contractor for extensive public realm infrastructure.

The public realm works will support the delivery of the first stages of residential development at the Northbank Quarter at East Float, Wirral Waters, improving connectivity to local bus and rail services and making Northbank ‘investment ready’.

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The works will see the construction of an ‘upper boardwalk’ pedestrian and cycleway link along the northern dock edge of East Float, creating an attractive waterside thoroughfare and providing the public with access to the dock edge for the first time in over a century.

A series of four contemporary squares are also planned, connecting the Dock Road pedestrian and cycleway public realm works to the dock edge, improving connectivity and enhancing the health and wellbeing of local people.

As part of the public realm works, students at the nearby Wirral Met Construction Campus will be given the opportunity to gain first-hand construction knowledge, with visits to the site and workshops with the project contractors. This is part of Peel L&P’s overall ambition to develop local construction skills and create the workforce of the future at Wirral Waters.

Local construction companies will also be given the opportunity to contribute to and deliver parts of the public realm works via the Wirral Construction Forum.

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EWCE has also been appointed to extend a walking and cycling route that marks the boundary of the Northbank neighbourhood. This work will see construction of 590 metres of shared cycleway and footpath next to the A5139 Dock Road between East Float Apartments and Duke Street. As part of this extension, EWCE will also be undertaking additional landscaping as well as installing boundary fencing, new street lighting columns and digital infrastructure.

Commenting on the selection of EWCE for the Northbank public realm works, Richard Mawdsley, Director of Development at Wirral Waters, said:

“Northbank Quarter will be the first residential development at Wirral Waters and these public realm works are the first stage in creating a green, walkable, pleasant neighbourhood at the heart of Wirral’s traditional dockland area.” 

“So, we are very pleased to have selected EWCE to undertake the public realm works at the Northbank Quarter at Wirral Waters. EWCE has extensive experience of delivering exceptional quality public realm infrastructure and we look forward to working with them.”

“It’s also great news that local construction students at Wirral Met will have the opportunity to see the works first-hand and speak to the contractors; giving them crucial experience and insight to prepare them for their careers in construction.”

Cllr Anita Leech, Chair of the Economy, Regeneration and Development Committee at Wirral Council, said:

“Sustainable and active travel is something that the Council will need to continuously build into our major projects and I am pleased that another major scheme is focusing on making active travel more accessible for residents.”

“Considering the environment must be a significant factor in highway and public realm projects as we work to provide an infrastructure more suitable for the future.”

Commenting on behalf of Eric Wright Civil Engineering, Managing Director Diane Bourne said: 

“We are delighted to be involved in this transformational regeneration project constructing a sustainable transport network and high-quality green environment at Northbank, Wirral Waters.

“It is good to see the creation of a cycling and pedestrian network as an integrated part of the Wirral Waters development.”

Work will begin on site this month.

About Peel L&P – Realising possibility

We are an ambitious regeneration business with generations of history, heritage and expertise in our DNA. First established in 1972, Peel L&P is now responsible for some of the most transformational development projects in the UK.

Owning and managing 12 million sq ft of property and 20,000 acres of land and water, our holdings are concentrated in the north west of England, but we also own and manage significant assets throughout the UK with a total portfolio value of £2.6 billion.

As a part of the Peel Group; we are integral to a business that strives to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Our legacy matters. We take great pride in the outcomes we achieve, the people we work with, the way we go about our business and the transformational projects we deliver.

Our specialist teams have a proven track record in delivering high-quality, legacy projects across land, property, water and airspace. This includes airports, hotels, waterways, media hubs, event spaces, leisure facilities, retail, workspaces, residential development, industrial & logistical space, public realm, historic gardens and the renewable energy sector. We also believe a prosperous future depends on our ability to harness nature to create sustainable growth.

We reuse, repurpose and re-energise natural resources to develop and maintain vital infrastructure across the UK. From wind power, to waterways, to waste-to-fuel solutions, we own and operate assets, manage resources and develop energy solutions to serve our communities and our partners.

Through market-leading solutions, we support government and local authorities to reach their carbon reduction and waste management targets. We help businesses to achieve their commercial goals while managing the transition towards net-zero carbon. We engage local communities and support them in their ambition to thrive by re-energising regional economies.

Peel L&P is an agile and ambitious business with a legacy of success for a long-term, sustainable future.

We see possibility. We deliver transformation.

For more information visit: www.peellandp.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @PeelLandP


About Wirral Waters

Wirral Waters is a 500-acre site comprising former dockland which Peel inherited following the acquisition of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company in 2005.

Peel has launched a 30-year strategy which will see Wirral Waters become one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK.

It will transform the derelict site into a sustainable location for local and international businesses, creating more than 20,000 permanent jobs for the Liverpool City Region, as well as offering new housing opportunities.

The Wirral Waters project is supported by central government and was designated Enterprise Zone status in 2011 – one of the first four Enterprise Zones in the UK and known as the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone.

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