REGENERATION OF WIRRAL ENGINEERING LANDMARK TO HELP DRIVE NORTHERN ECONOMY
A disused Grade II Victorian building on the banks of the Mersey is set to receive a new lease of life as an education and collaboration campus for advanced manufacturing and engineering skills. The historic Hydraulic Tower building, which once used to drive the lock gates and bridges in the Birkenhead Docks, is the centrepiece of a new project that aims to provide the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to support the Northern Powerhouse agenda.
The private and public sector consortium behind the initiative, including Mersey Maritime, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the Peel Group, revealed a vision for the site last night (Wednesday, 9 September) at an event held as part of London Shipping Week. The project, which is expected to cost around £20m and take three years to complete, aims to benefit the local economy with skills development and opportunities for knowledge-sharing.