Wirral Met College shortlisted for prestigious RIBA NW architecture award
Wirral Met College’s new campus on Wirral Waters has been named in the annual RIBA architecture awards for the North West. The winners will be announced at an evening event at The Bluecoat in Liverpool on Wednesday 20 April 2016 hosted by Stuart Maconie.
The 38,000 sq ft Wirral Met College, designed by architect Glenn Howells Architects, became the first new building within the Wirral Waters regeneration project when it opened its doors last September. The project also involved landscape architects, BCA Landscape and masterplanner Parkinson Inc. It marked a significant moment in the project’s development, beginning plans to transform the 500 acres of dockland in Birkenhead and Wallasey.
Richard Mawdsley, Director of Development for Wirral Waters, says: “To be shortlisted is a real honour. It is important that we raise the bar in design quality in Wirral Waters and that the urban design, the landscape and the architecture of the buildings all work together. We worked very closely with the College to understand exactly what the building needed to do – which was to create highly skilled graduates who would go on to build further phases of Wirral Waters. More than 300 students have already been involved with the build of the college, which is focused on training ‘home grown’ local people who can benefit from the jobs created in building Wirral Waters’ over the next 20 years.
“Being shortlisted for the RIBA award is fantastic news and testament to the values set out both by Peel Land and Property and the college. The building celebrates the dockland setting and the construction skills being taught in the college. We believe that this building sets the tone for the ambition and emerging wider development at Wirral Waters that we are proud to be a part of,” said Glenn Howells, Director, Glenn Howells Architects.
Last August James Wharton MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Local Growth and Northern Powerhouse paid tribute to the college and Wirral Waters during a special visit on-site, highlighting its importance to the Northern Powerhouse.