Wates Construction has been appointed to build a new 200-bedroom, upscale hotel by Liverpool City Council as part of the city’s major waterfront regeneration project.
The four-star hotel will support and supplement the city’s new Cruise Liner Terminal at Princes Dock, which, once built, will accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships, helping to boost Liverpool’s economy by creating a world-class destination.
The hotel’s facilities will include coach parking and pick up and drop off provision. Subject to planning approval, work is scheduled to commence in 2019, with completion expected the following year.
The construction of the new hotel, which was procured via Major Works UK, part of Scape’s National Construction framework, is the latest in a series of major announcements regarding the £5 billion Liverpool Waters development site and sees Liverpool City Council working with landowners Peel Land and Property Ltd.
The waterfront project will leave a legacy of jobs and skills that will benefit the region for generations to come. As part of the construction of the hotel, Wates has also committed to providing training and employment opportunities for local residents in order to help boost the local economy.
The commitments include apprenticeship opportunities with Wates and its supply chain partners, and work experience placements for local students. A number of new full-time jobs will also be created, including a graduate-level role.
The appointment follows a successful first 15 months on Scape’s National Construction framework for Wates, with a total of 30 projects either submitted or active for the first stage of the process and a potential pipeline of more than £500 million – including projects worth £342 million already in feasibility.
As part of Scape’s National Construction framework, the family-owned construction firm is delivering major public sector projects across the UK, worth between £10 million and £50 million.
Ongoing projects include the City Hub for Nottingham College. The new campus, which is expected to be completed in 2020, will be a landmark addition to the city’s skyline and will provide high quality college and community facilities together with a new business hub to encourage start-ups.
Along with a commitment to provide a range of training and employment opportunities, including 24 work placements, at least 16 jobs and 13 apprenticeships for young people, Wates is also working with the college’s construction team to demonstrate the wide variety of career opportunities available in the sector.
This includes hosting a ‘career day’ on site, which will provide a platform for students to develop their business skills and interview techniques, as well as giving them the opportunity to meet industry professionals from across the sector.
Wates has also been appointed by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, through Scape’s National Construction framework, to build a new £32.8 million leisure centre in Braywick Park.
The Braywick Leisure Centre will replace the 40-year-old Magnet Leisure Centre, with expanded services including a 10-lane pool and 200-station gym. The new centre’s eco-friendly approach will also see it use 70 per cent less energy than the previous building.
The new centre is expected to open at the end of 2019, with the Magnet Leisure Centre remaining open until then to ensure there is no break in service.
John Foster, Pre Construction Director for Wates Construction North West, said:
“Liverpool’s waterfront is one of the most recognisable in the world. Since the 1980s, its regeneration has created a successful and sustainable mixed-use area, which attracts over 5 million visitors to the city each year. We are very proud to have been appointed to work on the next phase of this regeneration, which will not only help to boost Liverpool’s economy but will also create jobs and training opportunities for local residents.
The Liverpool Cruise Terminal hotel is just one example of the exciting and important projects that we have been appointed to build through Scape’s National Construction framework. As our work on the framework progresses, we look forward to building on our portfolio and maintaining our standing as one of the most trusted partners of government and the public sector.”
Liverpool City Council is hosting a pre-planning application information event for the new 4* hotel, with consultation sessions being held on Thursday, 27 September 2pm – 7pm and Friday, 28 September 12pm – 5pm in Foyles Room 1, on the first floor of the Cunard Building, Water Street.
Local residents and businesses are invited to view the plans where members of the project team will be available to discuss the proposals. A detailed planning application will be submitted in late October.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, commented:
“Our new cruise liner terminal is vitally important to our growing tourism economy and will mean that once again we can welcome the greatest cruise ships in the world to the Mersey.
The construction of this new terminal will mark a new chapter in the city’s maritime future as we create a world class experience for the cruise companies and their passengers.
We are working with some of the very best in the engineering industry to deliver this facility to the very highest standards and this new hotel is a vital ingredient to the overall experience. I’m delighted a company of the reputation of Wates has been appointed to deliver a world class hotel on our World Heritage waterfront.”
Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive also said:
“The construction of the new Liverpool Cruise Terminal hotel is a flagship project in the regeneration of the city’s waterfront. People are increasingly recognising Liverpool as a destination, and the cruise terminal is often a visitor’s first entrance to the city. The additional money that tourism is bringing into Liverpool is vital for boosting the local economy and there is clear evidence of the city transforming into a major cultural hub.
Our framework ensures that the social value which will be created as a product of the ongoing works will be felt throughout the local community, not only during the project but long after its completion. Training and employment opportunities for local residents will be created, alongside work experience placements for college students and a number of full-time jobs.”