A team from Wirral Waters has dropped in to meet young people at The Hive to see how Wirral Youth Zone is transforming the lives of over 4,000 young people.Read More
A fundraising appeal for the final £4.8m to complete the Royal Horticultural Society’s, fifth garden at RHS Bridgewater has been launched alongside the announcement of the North West’s first ‘Mother Orchard’Read More
Peel L&P has appointed Manchester’s Russells Construction to a £33.5million apartment scheme at Chatham Waters.Read More
Staff from Peel L&P took on the famous national 24-hour Three Peaks Challenge to raise over £7,500 for Once Upon A Smile and The Christie charity.Read More
A major infrastructure project that promises huge carbon savings and thousands of jobs for the North West has been awarded over £800,000 in support from UK Government and project partners.Read More
The first phase of plans to build 150 homes in Bolton, Greater Manchester, has been given the green light together with a £10m funding deal for more housing across the North West.Read More
As part of Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment activities, the Wirral Waters team took part is some volunteering with the Friends of Birkenhead Park at the Edward Kemp Community Garden.Read More
Peel L&P and award-winning regeneration company, Urban Splash, have formally submitted a planning application to Wirral Council to build a £55m development of modular homes at Wirral Waters.Read More
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Peel L&P has teamed up with Design Manchester to work with graphic design students at The University of Salford to create a piece of artwork for the remodelled character building, The Vic at MediaCityUK.Read More
MediaCityUK has appointed Chis Reay as Property Director to drive forward the delivery of its £1 billion phase two ambitions for the creative, technology and digital destination, as well as oversee its real estate management.Read More
The solar farm, delivered by Peel Energy (part of L&P), is due to be operational in 2020 and will provide 1.7 MWp of zero carbon energy, saving 220 tonnes of carbon every yearRead More
One of the world’s leading technical make-up artists, Shaune Harrison, has moved his studio and academy back to the Wirral after thirty years working in the film industry.Read More
Wirral Waters developer, Peel L&P, has reached a major milestone in the development of a three-storey workspace and entrepreneurial incubator for SME’s on the Wirral.Read More
Work is well underway to create the new 154-acre RHS Bridgewater garden which opens in the autumn of 2020.Read More
CBRE’s Investment Advisory team, part of CBRE Capital Advisors, has arranged a £13 million senior loan facility, on behalf of the Merseyside Pension Fund, to support the development of the first phase of a Heat Network at Liverpool Waters, one of Liverpool’s most significant regeneration projects.Read More
The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr Mark Blundell, accompanied by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Tony Smith, will unveil a very special Blue Plaque at the Canada Works at Wirral Waters this Friday (21st June).
The plaque will commemorate the life and achievements of Cheshire-born Thomas Brassey, one of the great unsung heroes of the railway age.
Thomas Brassey was arguably the most prolific builder of railways that the world has ever seen. By 1847, at the age of 42, he had built one third of the railways in the United Kingdom, including the Chester to Holyhead railway line, and by the time of his death, in 1870, he had built one in twenty miles of all the world’s railways.
Thomas also built bridges, including the Saughall Massie bridge and the Penketh viaduct, and train stations, including Chester and Shrewsbury. In 1834, he built the new Chester Road in Bromborough and, in 1850, he built part of the Birkenhead Docks. In 1852, he was contracted to build the 540-mile Grand Trunk Railway in Canada and decided to build his works in Birkenhead. He named his premises Canada Works in honour of this vast Canadian undertaking.
Canada Works, along West Float, was at the leading edge of ‘best in class’ engineering innovation and fabrication, placing Birkenhead at the centre of a global operation. Over 300 locomotives were made and exported from Canada Works.
Brassey also achieved great things during the Crimean War. In 1854, the British Army and their French allies were facing annihilation, with no field hospitals or any means of getting supplies through. Brassey offered to build the 39 miles of railway from Balaclava to the front line at Sebastopol. Brassey and his loyal workforce, worked day and night and the line was finished in just sixteen weeks. Supplies started moving up to the front line with wounded men coming in the opposite direction. In 1855, the British Army and their French allies, who were still being supplied by Brassey’s men, were victorious.
Blue Plaques, once administered by English Heritage, are historical markers installed in public places to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, event, or former building on the site.
Conservation Areas Wirral has introduced the Blue Plaque scheme to Wirral and is currently working with Wirral Council to erect four plaques a year to commemorate prominent Wirral citizens, events, buildings or achievements.
Thomas Brassey’s family will be among the guests at the unveiling of the plaque along with David Millar, managing director of Heap and Partners Ltd at Canada Works Birkenhead, who will host a reception afterwards. The business’s founder, William Heap, was Thomas Brassey’s Bridge Master at the Canada Works from 1856 until 1866 and David Millar is only the fifth Managing Director of Heap and Partners since the company was founded in 1866.
David Allan, vice chairman of Conservation Areas Wirral, said: “The contribution of Thomas Brassey to the world’s railways cannot be overestimated. He is up there along with Stephenson and Brunel. To erect a Blue Plaque to celebrate his work is an honour that is long overdue. To erect that plaque on a wall adjacent to his Birkenhead-based ‘Canada Works’ is more than an honour, it is a privilege.”
Richard Mawdsley, director of development for Wirral Water at Peel Land and Property, said: “We are very proud to welcome such distinguished guests to Wirral Waters for the unveiling of such an important Blue Plaque. Thomas Brassey was a pioneer whose fantastic creations are still living and breathing all around us and we are looking forward to paying tribute to him in the presence of his family.”
Multi-payment car parking machines have been installed at Stockport Retail Park following a £40,000 investment at the now fully-let shopping park.Read More
Volunteers from Peel L&P have cleaned up a stretch of shoreline in along the Mersey as part of a national ‘Great Plastic Pick Up’ campaign.Read More
Since opening in May 2009, Gloucester Quays has gone from strength-to-strength as an experience-led retail and leisure destination. The destination now attracts seven million visitors each year and continues to see a growth in sales with a 10% increase in 2018/19.Read More