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Wates Commence Construction On Flagship Education Facility

17th April 2013 Paul Andrews

Another successful project begins for this family owned firm

Wates. the family owned building and construction conglomerate have commenced construction on a new flagship education facility in the North Of England.

A ‘turf turning’ ceremony has been held at the new Hugh Baird College to mark the start of the building works on the new £8m facility on Stanley Road in Bootle.

The turf turning event was attended by key representatives from the College and Sefton, including Hugh Baird College Principal, Yana Williams; Chair of Governors, Jim Brown and MP for Bootle, Mr Joe Benton.

The event celebrates the arrival of Wates Construction on site, marking a significant step forward in the delivery of the 2,600 sq m five-storey further and higher education college. 

Designed by architect, IBI Taylor Young, the college building will include the installation of solar panels to heat water and a rainwater-harvesting tank, which will contribute to the building’s expected BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’. 

Facilities will include a University Centre, a flexible performance and exhibition space, a public library and a Jobcentre Plus. A new Business Development Centre will also be incorporated into the building, offering professional training for local businesses. 

The first phase of construction will see Wates assemble the building’s steel frame, which will be pre-treated to minimise the build programme ahead of completion in January 2014. The contractor has also committed to direct all site waste away from landfill. 

College Principal Ms Yana Williams said: “I’m thrilled that the next phase in this exciting new development has been honoured today. As well as benefitting Hugh Baird College’s apprentices and students, the building has been designed for use by the public and local businesses as well, making it a project which is truly at the heart of both the College and the local community.”

Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North West, commented: “We have an excellent site team in place to start construction and we look forward to building what will become a flagship further and higher education facility for the community. The delivery of new buildings calls for an open book approach and the partnership facilitated by the North West Construction Hub will ensure that this project delivers on the educational needs of the college for generations to come.”

Wates was appointed to the project via the North West Construction Hub (NWCH), which facilitates the cost and time efficient procurement of public sector building works in the North West.

Joe Benton MP added: “I am delighted to be working in partnership with Hugh Baird College on this project. Our collaboration will ensure positive regeneration of the area as well as making genuine and realistic provisions for my constituents in regard to the acquisition of skills and re-training."

"Maintaining the history of the land and the adjoining South Park is a key part of the initiative. The building will occupy the site of the former Connolly House, a retirement home named after John Connolly who was a Mayor of Bootle and served on the Local Council for over 40 years. The Connolly family are currently in discussions with the College to ensure that John Connolly’s name is preserved as part of the new development.’’ 

Wates was appointed to the North West Construction Hub’s medium value framework (500k to £10m) and high value framework (£10m plus) in 2010, which forms part of the North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (NWIEP). 


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