Wirral Waters goes green & Cammell Laird secure another contract

Posted: 19/07/2012

The Wirral Waters project by Peel Holdings is set to cost £4.5 billion and is designed to redevelop the Birkenhead docklands. Wirral Waters will create over 20,000 new jobs in the area and 13,000 new homes as well as office, workshop and extensive leisure facilities over the next 30 to 40 years.

However, the latest addition to the project is the planting of £1 million worth of trees on the approach roads on the East and West Floats. The funding is being provided by Setting the Scene for Growth programme which is operated by the Forestry Commission.

The project is called The Mersey Forest and is designed is to improve the quality of life for people in towns and cities. Green Streets is a partner of the project with a task of promoting the value of greenery within the community which will tackle a range of economic and social health issues.

Wirral Waters will also include measures to create ‘green’ routes into the area as well as creating a community based growing project, establish a ‘multi age’ park and dedicate areas for wildflower meadows and woodland.

In addition, Wirral Waters has a local transport infrastructure project designed to improve walk ways, cycling routes and local transport.  Peel Holdings want to create an ‘international quality leisure destination’ as well as giving each of the five different quarters its own character and design. The five floats will be called Northbank West, Four Bridges, Sky City, Vittoria Studios and Marina View.

In related news, Cammell Laird has won a £2.7 million contract to refit Orkney Islands ferry. This news comes just a few months after Cammell Laird won a multi million deal to build two brand new passenger and vehicle ships for Western Ferries in Scotland. You can read this story in more detail by visiting Pali’s blog HERE.

The refit of the Orkney Islands ferry will increase the capacity from 14 to 24 cars or 3 lorries and 7 cars. The work Cammell Laird will carry out will also improve the handling of the ship and reduce the carbon emissions produced.

What are your thoughts on the £1 million worth of trees to be planted as part of the Wirral Waters project and are you pleased about the new contract Cammell Laird has secured?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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