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Morgan Sindall team appointed to build new £8 million Wirral Met College at Peel's Wirral Waters

Standing left to right in a row onsite at Wirral Waters are Jane King, Gill Roberts, Richard Mawdsley of Peel, Sue Higginson of Wirral Met College, Barry Roberts and Mark Harrison

Morgan Sindall has been appointed by Peel Group as the principal contractor of the new Wirral Met College Campus in Birkenhead. The Morgan Sindall team will be led by area director Barry Roberts from the Wirral.

The new campus will be dedicated to delivering training and education for construction and the built environment, embracing renewable energy and training the future workforce that will create the transformational Wirral Waters. Wirral Waters is a 30 year vision by Peel Group to transform 500 acres of Birkenhead dockland, and is one half of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone. When completed in September 2015, the Wirral Met College will be the first key landmark in the Wirral Waters scheme. It will also provide a Skills and Enterprise Centre for local employers.

Barry Roberts, area director at Morgan Sindall said: “We are proud to be working with Peel Group on this fantastic new campus for the college at Wirral Waters. This is my home town and the college has enhanced the prospects of Wirralians for generations and it is gratifying to help them continue their work. We hope to leave a long-term legacy by introducing local economic benefits and opportunities for local people at the college.

“That the new campus will become the first new building on what is the UK’s biggest regeneration project at Wirral Waters makes it even more important to me personally and Morgan Sindall as a company.”

Richard Mawdsley, project director at Peel, said: "We’re delighted to be working with an experienced contractor with local Wirral connections. This is the first of a number of building projects we are progressing under the Wirral Waters umbrella.

“This project aligns with our skills agenda, to create a place with local jobs for local people.”

Mawdsley added: “The Wirral Met project is funded collaboratively with the financial support of the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA),the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Wirral Met and Peel.”

We have been focused on site preparation and infrastructure on some key sites within Wirral Waters – including the Wirral Met College site on Tower Road - all necessary to enable project delivery to take place.”

Sue Higginson, Principal of Wirral Met, said: “This project will create life changing opportunities for thousands of people, as we establish a Centre of Excellence for Enterprise and the Built Environment. We will provide a pipeline of skills for employers who will be investing in Wirral by locating into the new Enterprise Zone.

“As the first project to start Wirral Waters, we are delighted that our strong, strategic partnership with Peel will unlock the potential for developing the area that holds the promise of thousands of jobs. We also work closely with the Local Authority and the Liverpool City Region LEP and we have very much appreciated their support with our project.”