Pochin Construction has finished a £4m residential welfare centre designed by Pozzoni Architects for former seamen in Wallasey, due to be opened this week by HRH the Princess Royal.
The Trinity House Hub at the Mariners' Park Estate, operated by the Nautilus Welfare Fund, includes a café, spa, gym, meeting and hobby rooms, along with 18 fully-accessible apartments for older seafarers and their dependants.
Pozzoni said: "Location was a key driver in deciding the aesthetic of the architecture and includes the nautical theme of the park and the local architecture of Wallasey and New Brighton. The glazed façade curves to follow the road and creates active frontage, as well as offering clear views of the Mersey estuary. The scheme is laid out around a radial spinal corridor, making it easy to navigate. The structure allows for adaptation in the future, if required. Communal rooms on the ground floor have doors to the outside, ensuring good use of the external space, with public and private areas clearly delineated. On the third floor of the building is an observation deck for residents use."
The project is the latest phase of an ongoing development programme at the 16-acre Mariners' Park Estate which began more than a decade ago with the building of a new care home and has included a wide range of new residential facilities. The largest donor to the project was Trinity House, of which the Princess Royal is the master.
The Princess Royal is due to conduct the formal opening of the new Trinity House Hub at the Nautilus Mariners' Park estate on Friday 4 April between 1.55pm and 3.40pm.