Millions of pounds will be invested in a series of transformational projects which the Wirral Council says will play a central role in the rebirth of Birkenhead.
Following the success of the Borough’s Town Deal offering, which raised Â£ 25million in government funding for Birkenhead, ten landmark projects will help transform Birkenhead as part of the wider regeneration taking place in the Borough .
It comes after a broad consultation asking locals and local businesses what they think is special about Birkenhead and what work could be done to improve the area for everyone, as well as the work of the Town Deal Board who developed a vision and plan for how the funding could be used to benefit Birkenhead.
The Board of Directors has now agreed on the allocation of funding among the 10 projects to improve and support Birkenhead, which is in line with Birkenhead’s vision set out in the Birkenhead 2040 framework.
The chosen projects are:
- Transportation Tourist attraction
- Court of the future
- Animation and connectivity at the water’s edge
- EXPO Village
- Wellness and Opportunity Center
- Argyle Street Creative
- Center for sustainable development
- Starting court
- Education Engagement Network
- Egerton House
Wirral Council Economics, Regeneration and Development Committee Chairman Cllr Tony Jones said: Enabling Birkenhead to realize its potential as an exciting place to live, work and spend free time.
âThere is real momentum to make changes at Birkenhead and the work underway will not only bring a huge transformation across buildings, infrastructure and public spaces, but also real improvements in the lives of our residents and our people. companies.
âAll of this is happening at the same time as work is about to start in the downtown central business district through Wirral Growth Company and we are already seeing a difference thanks to the new and existing creative organizations that we have. supported. ”
The aim is to implement a range of projects that support businesses and entrepreneurship, stimulate economic growth and job creation, as well as the necessary training and skills development.
Birkenhead was one of 101 cities invited by the government to apply for this funding last year.
This means that more than Â£ 50million has now been secured for major regeneration projects at Birkenhead in recent months.
Town Deal’s Â£ 25million funding follows Â£ 24.6million that was awarded through the Government’s Future High Streets fund late last year to support the city center transformation , plus Â£ 8.3million granted by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to support the removal of overflights in the city and an additional Â£ 1million for Town Deal accelerator funds to help move projects forward, especially in the Argyle Street area.
Chairman of the Board of Town Deal and CEO of Eureka! Science + Discovery, due to open in Seacombe next year, Leigh-Anne Stradeski added: Developing projects that will advance the changes they want to see in the city.
“The next step will be to work with local organizations and our partners to make these projects happen and help advance the regeneration of Birkenhead.”
Two other key projects proposed for the Birkenhead public domain works, Dock Branch Park and Argyle Street are also under development.
The Dock Branch Park consultation, which allows residents to tell council what they would like to see in the new park, continues. Click here.
Find out more about the selected Town Deal projects
The transport shed will create a new transport-based heritage tourist attraction for Merseyside, managed by the National Museums of Liverpool. It will ensure that a collection of national significance is on permanent display. The transport shed will be located at the new Dock Branch park.
Animation and connectivity at the water’s edge The project will focus investments on our waterfront leisure assets – Eureka! Science + Discovery, Woodside and Birkenhead Priory – as well as improvements to the public realm in Hamilton Square, to provide a vastly improved experience for visitors.
Educational commitment The project will invest in upgrading seven existing buildings to create a new hub-and-spoke service delivery network bringing together education, advice, guidance and specialist services. The facilities will each house different services targeting professional skills paths aimed at vulnerable groups. Wirral Metropolitan College will be the primary delivery partner.
The Wirral Chamber of Commerce proposes to reallocate part of Egerton House to make it suitable for the incubation and growth of small and medium enterprises in the business, financial and professional services sector, and the growing digital sector at Birkenhead.
New Wellness and Opportunity Center will provide a single hub for all services provided by the award-winning charity Open Door, as well as a range of other health and wellness services. The Hub will serve as a new national center of excellence on how arts and culture can be used to reinvent the way mental health is supported and understood.
Starting court The project will form a creative biosphere at the center of the Cammell Laird waterfront in Birkenhead and adjacent to Birkenhead Priory. The aim is to provide a modern solution to people in the training phase of their business development. StartYard’s reuses an old industrial garage unit and is owned by Microzine Creative.
Future Yard Music Skills Venue opened in the fall of 2019 as a new reinvented concert hall with a capacity of 350 people. Town Deal funding is needed to complete the second and third phases of the project, creating an additional 6,800 square feet of project space and skills development infrastructure specific to the music industry. The facility is operated by Future Yard CIC, a charity formed to use music for the social, cultural and economic development of Birkenhead.
Center for sustainable development will provide an important focal point to coordinate activities for the low carbon sector at Birkenhead. Town Deal funding will be combined with private sector funding to renovate, reuse and renovate an existing building and surrounding outdoor space, in the Wirral Waters corporate area. The new space will host activities, coordinate education and skills development, and encourage collaboration between our sustainable development partners.
The Argyle Street Creative Center will be a transformative, place-based intervention to stimulate the creative and cultural sector in Birkenhead. The project will include the acquisition and redevelopment of a vacant property to create a new and improved space for ‘makers’, including a creative, cultural and community space, operated by Make CIC. Make CIC is a social enterprise founded in 2012. The vision of the organization is to âsee people transform their passions into prosperityâ.
EXPO Village provides a three-year âlabâ to test the homes of the future. The project will showcase innovative new methods of building houses and new places for the 21st century. Long-term use of the EXPO Village site after three years will be a permanent innovative new open market and affordable / social housing.
Project funding is subject to business case approval and additional MHLCG approval before allocations can be confirmed.