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Transforming a rundown tower into high-quality specialist accommodation for over 55s
Marwood Towers is the first project by The Liverpool Housing Partnership (LHP)- a groundbreaking consortia approach to public-private housing delivery which is the first of its kind across the UK.
This £8.5 million project transformed a landmark building situated on the major northern route in and out of the city centre into high-quality modern apartments, including specialist accommodation for over 55s.
Marwood Towers originally opened in 1965 as ‘general needs’ flats, but over time became rundown and outdated. As part of the LHP, we delivered a complete refurbishment of the original 57 flats and added 24 new apartments on two new storeys to provide specialist supported accommodation.
The scheme has modern energy-saving external wall cladding, which not only visually enhances the 15-storey tower but also tackles fuel poverty. To further add to the living experience, we provided an attractive courtyard garden complete with bowling green and communal lounge for residents and community groups.
Steve Coffey, Chief Executive at LMH:
“Marwood Towers is a great example of how LMH is delivering significant regeneration projects across Merseyside to help address the city’s shortage of high-quality affordable homes.
Mayor Joe Anderson:
“This is a fantastic scheme which has transformed an outdated tower block and has delivered top quality affordable rental accommodation for local people and those needing support to live independently. I was convinced there was a bright future for the tower and with a bit of love, and vision, LMH have delivered a fantastic scheme.
Willmott Partnership Homes provided site visits and workshops to local schools, colleges and universities, and supported local educational establishments with their individual programme of works.
In July 2016, students from St Johns Primary School toured the site and had a workshop on ‘Jobs in Construction’ as part of their ‘Aspirations Week’. The team provided information on waste and sustainability, project progress, planning, architecture and community, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and think about a career in construction.
Damien Walsh, Headmaster:
“The visit was really worthwhile allowing children to see what goes on behind your hoardings... who knows, one of these children might one day work for you!”
Construction students from Hugh Baird College visited Marwood Towers for a tour and Health & Safety workshop. Many had not experienced a live construction site and were impressed by the robust induction process and importance of Health & Safety on site.
We also supported 28 third-year Construction Management students from John Moores University, providing an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a real life refurbishment project. Project information including drawings, specifications, programmes and client requirements were shared ahead of a lively question and answer session.
The Liverpool Housing Partnership is far wider reaching than any public/private partnership, covering 11,000 square miles and a population of 470,000 people.
The partnership is expected to create a minimum of 1,500 new homes and bring 1,000 more back into use - a £205 million investment over the next five years, with potential for a further £200 million and work for up to 6,450 people through direct and on-site employment and throughout the supply chain.
Conceived by Liverpool Council as a vehicle to secure developments of efficient, accessible homes, the partnership provides a coordinated approach to planning, legal support and market intelligence.
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