Maritime Knowledge Hub

The Maritime Knowledge Hub is to be developed at the Hydraulic Tower.  Focused on the maritime sector, it will provide up to 60,000 sq ft of new office, incubation, teaching, R&D and cultural space.  It will also provide a tank for an Offshore Survival Training Centre

Maritime Knowledge Hub


The Maritime Knowledge Hub will be focused on the Grade 2 listed Hydraulic Tower building, which is a copy of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

Bombed in the war and now largely derelict, the Hydraulic Tower is an important part of the history and heritage of the Dock Estate.  

The Maritime Knowledge Hub will – once again – become a beacon for the area – positioned at the very heart of Wirral Waters. Its refurbishment will be a barometer of progress for Birkenhead creating a centre for Marine entrepreneurship, enterprise, skills and culture to support other the Marine & Maritime sectors.


Project partners: Liverpool John Moores University, Mersey Maritime, Peel, Wirral MBC.

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