GALLERY | Eureka nears £12m funding target

Fresh designs for the Wirral science and discovery centre have been released, with the project scheduled to begin in 2021 and 95% of funding now secured.

Funding from the 30,000 sq ft development on the site of the former Mersey Ferries’ Seacombe terminal has come from central Government’s Inspiring Science Fund, which provided £3m, as well as Wirral Council and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which contributed just over £7m.

The remaining £575,000 is to be raised through grants and donations between now and the targeted 2022 opening date, the developer, entertainment group Eureka, said. 

The company is building the attraction on the site of the former Spaceport, a space exploration-themed attraction on the site of the ferry terminal, which closed its doors in January to make way for Eureka. 

The project team was announced in April. Seddon Construction is main contractor and K2 Architects is leading on design. The team also includes Sutcliffe, Tace, Urban Green, and Walker Sime as project manager.

Contractors for the internal fit-out are yet to be selected.

Eureka’s chief executive Leigh-Anne Stradeski said: “We have been working hard during the current crisis to ensure the timeline for Eureka Mersey stays on track.  

 “The team at Eureka are determined that Eureka Mersey, alongside all the other exciting cultural attractions already in the area, will play a vital part in rebuilding the region’s visitor economy and future community resilience.” 

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, added: “Our fantastic museums are an integral part of our world-class visitor offer and Eureka Mersey will add something new and exciting. 

“It’s great to see progress continuing on what will become a major attraction for people within our city region and from further afield.”  

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