CPUK replaces Create on £23m Liverpool project

In what is billed as its largest-ever contract win, Skelmersdale-based CPUK has taken over Primesite’s The Rise from former contractor Create Construction, with the first phase of the project due to complete in the autumn.

The project on the cusp of the city’s Knowledge Quarter, on the corner of Low Hill Street and West Derby Street, has been designed by architect Brock Carmichael and features 146 student flats and 286 apartments.

The seven-storey mixed-use development combines a mix of accommodation for students and key workers, as well as private flats. There is also space set aside on the ground floor for a communal gym, cinema, laundry, and games room, along with undercroft parking.

Blackpool-based Create was formerly lined up as main contractor, as reported by Place North West in November 2017, and was due to start on site that month.

However, since then, the scheme has seen a number of changes including upping the number of student flats by around 40, while office and co-working space on the ground floor has been swapped out for communal residential facilities.

Planning permission was granted for the scheme in September 2016, and the purchase of the site finalised in May 2017.

The first phase, comprising the student flats, has been on site for a number of weeks and is due to complete in Autumn 2019. CPUK’s construction contract for the scheme is worth £23.4m.

Steve Burke, managing director of CPUK, said: “Liverpool is a city of opportunity right now and as a local business we are proud to be a part of its exciting future.

“This contract represented a quick negotiation with the client to get on site as soon as possible and this is a vindication of the hard work all the team at CPUK has put in over the years. More than 80 percent of our work is either negotiated or repeat business from previous clients.”

Kerry Tomlinson, director at Primesite, added: “The opportunity to have a positive impact on the regeneration of our local area is incredibly important to us.

“This site was a pub and later a builder’s yard, before sitting empty and derelict for many years.

“Along with CPUK and our other partners, we are transforming this eyesore into quality residential space for Liverpool.”

Other projects CPUK has secured in Liverpool include a £9.1m contract to build a 52,500 sq ft Home Bargains in Speke, which is due to hand over in November 2019, and a £6.5m office-to-residential conversion of No. 2 Moorfields into 136 studio apartments, which completed in 2016.

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