The next stage of the Northbank area within Peel L&P’s scheme is to start this month, after Eric Wright Civil Engineering was selected as the main public realm contractor.
The works will support the delivery of the first stages of residential development at the Northbank Quarter at East Float, improving connectivity to local bus and rail services and making Northbank “investment-ready”, the developer said.
The first residential developments to come forward at Wirral Waters come courtesy of Urban Splash, Belong and a partnership between Peel, Wirral Council and the Legacy Foundation, with more than 1,000 homes to be delivered.
Elements of the public realm works include the construction of an “upper boardwalk” pedestrian and cycleway link along the northern dock edge of East Float, creating an attractive waterside thoroughfare and providing the public with access to the dock edge for the first time in over a century.
EWCE has also been appointed to extend a walking and cycling route that marks the boundary of the Northbank neighbourhood. This work will see construction of 590m of shared cycleway and footpath next to the A5139 Dock Road between East Float Apartments and Duke Street.
As part of this extension, Eric Wtight will be undertaking additional landscaping as well as installing boundary fencing, new street lighting columns and digital infrastructure.
A series of four contemporary squares are also planned, connecting the Dock Road pedestrian and cycleway public realm works to the dock edge.
Local construction companies will also be given the opportunity to contribute to and deliver parts of the public realm works via the Wirral Construction Forum.
Richard Mawdsley, director of development at Wirral Waters, said: “Northbank Quarter will be the first residential development at Wirral Waters and these public realm works are the first stage in creating a green, walkable, pleasant neighbourhood at the heart of Wirral’s traditional dockland area.”
“Eric Wright has extensive experience of delivering exceptional quality public realm infrastructure and we look forward to working with them.”
In September, Plae North West reported on Peel L&P’s efforts to secure Combined Authority backing for the No. 1 Tower Road South office project at Wirral Waters.
Work on the public realm project will begin on site this month.