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Walker Sime helping to shape Wirral’s Regeneration

Walker Sime helping to shape Wirral’s Regeneration

Wirral Council has a vision for the future of Birkenhead. Walker Sime has been appointed to help deliver it.

The Birkenhead 2040 Framework is a 20-year plan which sets out the most radical proposals for the town since 1947. Included in the plan are 140 projects, with eight catalyst projects already identified which are critical to the Framework’s success, underpinning the reconnection, reimagination, rediscovery and repopulation of Birkenhead.

We are delighted to have won a competitive tender process to become the supplier appointed by Wirral Council to provide Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Program Manager Office (PMO) services for a number of the catalyst projects. Our appointment is for a three year period, with the option for Wirral Council to extend this for a further 2 years.

Transforming Birkenhead

Initially, we’ll be working on two projects:

  • The £18 million Dock Branch Park & Transport Shed project will transform disused railway cuttings into a world-class urban park, reclaiming a green corridor which will connect key areas of Birkenhead , create an active travel corridor, deliver a heritage visitor attraction and unlock adjacent development potential in the Dock Branch area.
  • The £10m remodelling of the Wirral Waterfront including the Woodside Gyratory, an “oversized and overengineered” barrier between the town centre and waterfront, will unlock the Waterfront area, creating a stronger connection between the town and the River Mersey with retail, commercial and active travel opportunities for the people of and visitors to Birkenhead.

A trusted delivery partner

Matthew Edwards, Senior Project Manager said, “We are delighted to be working with Wirral Council in delivering these fantastic regeneration projects in support of its vision for 2040. This tender win builds on our existing project relationships with the council through our Project Management role on the Dock Branch Park and Transport Shed project in Birkenhead. Furthermore, we are proud to continue our work  to support Wirral during the early stages of creating a PMO for Wirral and later delivery an implementation strategy for a potential 140 projects.

“The appointment further strengthens our reputation as a trusted delivery partner for local authorities in north-west England.

“We are also pleased to be involved at such at early stage of the respective projects as this gives us the opportunity to work with Wirral to shape and define the redevelopments to enable a successful delivery route in the design and construction stages.”

Both regeneration projects are funded through routes including the Town Fund Deal, Levelling Up Fund,  Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Wirral Council matched funding, but they are not the only projects likely to form part of our three year contract.

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