Structural remediation work completed on historic Wirral apartments

Published: 13 December 2023

Waterside regeneration specialist, Peel Waters, has now completed its structural remediation work on East Float Quay at Wirral Waters.

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Work began on the Grade II listed former grain warehouses, on Dock Road, 16 months ago following structural surveys of the buildings’ brick parapet walls, which revealed crumbling mortar, debris and water penetration.

The historic building, which now contains 178 privately owned apartments, sits at the heart of the emerging Northbank neighbourhood at Wirral Waters, the UK’s largest and most sustainable regeneration project.

East Float Quay is surrounded by new public realm, a pocket park, dockside walkways, and two residential developments which are currently under construction – Miller’s Quay, a £130m development of five hundred highly sustainable one- and two-bedroom waterfront apartments, and Redbridge Quay, a development of two, three and four-bedroom energy efficient modular homes. Together, these residential developments are creating a new diverse and sustainable community along Northbank.

Richard Mawdsley, Director of Development at Wirral Waters, said: “The original grain warehouses at East Float Quay weren’t designed for residential use and the work carried out around the parapets by the original developer when converting the buildings was substandard. Peel then inherited the situation after the original developer went bust.  Following consultation with the apartment owners, Peel Waters agreed to forward fund the project to enable this important remedial work to proceed, with the apartment owners paying their share over an agreed period of time.

“This has been a complex and challenging project but we are incredibly grateful to all the apartment owners for their co-operation throughout this work and for ultimately funding this investment into their building. It has also been technically very challenging, due to the nature of it being a heritage building, but the specialist team we brought on board have really delivered – breathing new life into these landmark buildings, as well as making them much safer for residents.”

Working alongside the Peel Waters team on this important project has been Quadriga Contracts Ltd (experts in historic building repair), TFT (employers agent and contract administrator), Curtins (structural engineers), SaferSphere (health and safety consultant), and RMG (building management company).

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