Glenn Howells Architects designed the scheme. Credit: via IfWeRanTheZoo

Graham kicks off £130m Wirral Waters BTR

The contractor has begun work on the 500-apartment Miller’s Quay, part of the £4.5bn docklands regeneration project. 

Graham was appointed to build the £130m Wirral Waters development earlier this year. The build-to-rent scheme is being developed by Wirral Council and Peel L&P and Pension Insurance Corporation is funding it. 

Miller’s Quay, designed by Glenn Howells Architects and previously known as Wirral Waters One, will provide a mix of one- and two-bedroom properties across six buildings. 

“The development of Miller’s Quay is a model for how long-term investors can play a key role in the levelling up agenda and create considerable social value,” said Hayley Rees, managing director of PIC Capital. 

“The site will provide much-needed housing for the Wirral and offers secure long-term cashflows to back the pensions of our 300,000 policyholders, some of whom live in the region.” 

James Whittaker, executive director of development at Peel L&P, said: “Miller’s Quay is a major scale, catalytic and highly sustainable residential development that we consider to be a great example of brownfield regeneration. 

“This project will pave the way for a number of waterside residential schemes in the new Northbank neighbourhood and it will also deliver considerable social value through comprehensive engagement with both Wirral Met College’s Construction Campus and local supply chains.” 

The full project team for Miller’s Quay is as follows:  

Contractor – Graham  

Architect– Glenn Howells  

QS and project manager – RPS Group  

Landscape architect – Re-Form  

Planning consultant – Eden Planning  

M&E consultant – Crookes Walker Consulting  

Engineering consultant – Jensen Hughes  

Legals – Hill Dickinson  

CDM advisor – Project Four  

Transport planning – Vectos  

Engineer – Curtins  

Façade consultant – Ramboll 

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This scheme is the one that will really start to raise the profile of what is happening ,for the good ,down at Birkenhead quayside, it`s fully funded and there`s a reputable contractor, once this is taking shape investors will see the opportunities available and we should see some taller buildings appearing on the Left Bank.

By Anonymous

I agree. This is a truly excellent scheme on all considerations.


@Anonymous, completely agree. Great looking development and reputable developer too.

By Simon

I like the plans for the site, but the multicoloured design for the buildings is hideous and looks like large scale Lego blocks. It would be a much better fit if the buildings were made from red brick to blend in with the surrounding town.

By Anonymous

@11:25 am
By Anonymous

I’m all for respecting local context and character but does everything have to ‘blend in’? A lot of churches for example and even stone-built town halls in towns up and the country don’t ‘blend in’ – and that’s the point. They provide a focus in the urban landscape.

I happen to think these apartments are refreshing – good fenestration and the colours reference nautical themes and ships.

We could do with more colour in our built environment if anything.


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