News Multi Million Wates College Building Opens

A new multi-million pound building that has been developed for Hugh Baird College by Wates Construction opened its doors this week.

The 2,600 sq m L20 Building, designed by IBI Taylor Young, includes a dedicated university centre with open-plan study areas and a multi-purpose performance arts space for public events ranging from school productions to conferences.

Further community-led facilities at the building, which has taken ten months to complete, include a public library, learning resource centre and a café with an outdoor seating area.

Historic iron gates presented by the women of Bootle in memory of George VI have also been fully restored and will form the main entrance to the new site.

Hugh Baird College principal and chief executive Yana Williams said the development would help the college to “raise aspirations across the region and engage students with the local community and businesses”.

She added: “It further demonstrates our determination to align with the Liverpool City Region’s key growth economies. The L20 Building is set up to support training and development in key areas, helping to equip the next generation with the skills required to drive our local economy in the coming years.”

Throughout construction, Wates used the project to provide practical work experience to support the college’s curriculum, with Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction students joining the on-site team.

Tony Shenton, business unit director for Wates Construction in the North West, said: “Our team has applied its extensive education expertise to ensure the new building delivers on the college’s vision for a state-of-the-art academic and vocational facility which will bring lasting benefit to students, employers and the wider community.”

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Wates was appointed to the project via the North West Construction Hub (NWCH).

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