Sod cutting launch for the new docklands office site

The main contractor has been appointed to deliver a new, flagship office building in Wirral Enterprise Zone for Longmeadow Estates.

Eric Wright Construction of Bamber Bridge is now on site in Birkenhead and the £11 million Tower Wharf scheme is due for completion in October 2015.

“We are extremely pleased to have Eric Wright Construction on board with this project given the company’s outstanding track record and well-earned reputation,” said Karl Bergh, managing director of Longmeadow Estates.

Jonathon Rayner, Eric Wright Construction’s operations director, commented:  “We’re really pleased to have been appointed to deliver this project and to have kick-started development work at the Enterprise Zone.

“In addition to building on our extensive commercial experience, this project will deliver much needed accommodation and employment opportunities for a scheme which will boost business and generate investment into the area for many years to come.”

To mark the official start of the building work, a groundbreaking ceremony is to be held on Wednesday December 17th at 12 noon at the Tower Wharf site in Birkenhead, when representatives of all those involved in the project will be in attendance.

The Tower Wharf project will see construction of a four-storey Grade A office building comprising 48,000 sq ft of net lettable space on what is currently a cleared but partly contaminated site. The development was approved by Wirral Borough Council in the summer.

“The local authority has been extremely helpful throughout the planning and pre-commencement process, and we are also grateful for the support of the European Regional Development Fund, and the Homes and Communities Agency, who were the former landowners,” added Mr Bergh.

The building, which is expected to provide accommodation for around 800 new jobs, is the first of its kind to be started within the Enterprise Zone. The design team was led by Liverpool architects Falconer Chester Hall, supported by Muir Associates (UK) Limited, Abacus Consult and administered by AECOM who are providing a multi-disciplinary service of Employers Agent, Quantity Surveyor and CDM-C.

“It’s a very exciting scheme for us. We have done other office and commercial developments, but this is our biggest project to date,” said Mr Bergh.

Carl Moore, Head of Area for Liverpool City Region at the HCA, said: “Work getting underway at Tower Wharf is a really important step in the wider Enterprise Zone, which will bring both new jobs and a welcome economic boost to the area.”

Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, said: ‘This is of huge importance, given that it kick starts the regeneration of the Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone. It is a significant step in our vision to regenerate Wirral, and demonstrates that even at a time of such economic difficulties we continue to make significant progress towards the delivery of our ambitious investment strategy.  The challenge for us now is to ensure this exciting vision delivers real benefits for residents and businesses of Wirral and the Liverpool City region.”

Longmeadow Estates has previously delivered successful schemes for Magenta Living and Merseyside Estates Ltd, as well as local Birkenhead based call centre business, The Contact Company Limited.

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