THE SKY'S THE LIMIT; First landmark of PS4bn Wirral Waters docks scheme will train the workers of the future.
Byline: LIAM MURPHY Political Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org liam1971 @
THE first major new building of Peel's PS4 billion Wirral Waters scheme in Birkenhead docklands is on course to be finished later this year.
Wirral Met College's new PS8 million campus is due to be open by the start of the next academic year in September.
Sue Higginson, principal of Wirral Met said: "It is very exciting to see our new campus taking shape.
"The campus will accommodate our construction department where young people can choose to develop skills for work in all of the construction trades and in professional studies.
"We have been receiving applications since last September from people who want to study with us next September and the college's construction team has been actively involved in the design of the building, to create the ideal specification for our teaching and learning environment.
"Students are getting involved in visits and learning during all phases of the building project."
The project is funded with sup port from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), the Skills Funding liam1971 @ Agency (SFA), Wirral Met and Peel.
Wirral West MP and minister of state for employment, Esther McVey MP, who visited the site and met students from the college, said when complete the new campus would "benefit students, local businesses and the wider northwest region".
Morgan Sindall, the appointed contractor for the project, is currently fitting the metal deckings and concrete slab to form the first floor of the new building.
The campus is set to be the "first key landmark" on Wirral Waters, the 30-year project by Peel Group to transform the Birkenhead dock-dock land, and one half of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone.
Richard Mawdsley, project director at Peel, said: "An essential part of creating a new 'place' that com panies and employers are attracted to is having a pool of relevant skills and labour.
"The new Wirral Met College campus is the start of that plan."