A Glimpse Behind the Hoarding

NWCH Contractors, Wates Construction and Kier Construction recently joined up with G4C (Generation 4 Change) who harness the young professional voice and drive continuous improvement in the UK built environment industry.

G4C have set up a series of webinars which aim to celebrate some of the exciting projects currently on site across the North West. As many young professionals continue to work from home, this series provides an insight into the latest developments across the region.

The first webinar in the G4C series ‘A Glimpse Behind the Hoarding’ saw Wates Construction and Kier Construction take us on a journey around their new projects giving an insight of what challenges they have faced over the past few months and how these have been overcome.

Jamie Bawden, Wates Project Manager and Peter Glasgow, Wates Production Management Trainee; also recent winner of the G4C Trainee of the Year, were on site at St Helens Community Fire Station, a £7m new build fire station for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority.

Jamie and Peter took us through the day to day running of the project sharing knowledge and best practice in the construction industry. The project involved the demolition, excavation and re-engineering of the former Pilkington Glass Works, which is home to redundant furnaces, culverts, flues and chimney bases. The project is due to handover in October 2020 and will provide a two-storey, three-bay fire accommodation incorporating a training tower, community and prevention rooms, lecture rooms and full FF&E fit out.

Natalie Lucas, Kier’s assistant design manager, discussed Shakespeare North Playhouse, a £26m theatre located at the heart of Prescot town centre for Knowsley Council. Once complete, the prestigious 350-seat cockpit-in-court style theatre will complete the Shakespeare Triangle – London, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Prescot. It will also provide cradle to grave learning opportunities, an outdoor performance garden, black box studio, an exhibition centre and visitor attraction for Knowsley and the wider Liverpool City Region. The development has recently featured on BBC’s The One Show where the Playhouse launched a new playwriting competition giving children and young people the opportunity to see their ideas come to life on stage. The opening of the theatre in 2022 will coincide with Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture.

The webinar was a great success and if you missed the event, the recording is available on the on-demand link below:


To sign up for any other webinars in the series this can still be done via the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-glimpse-behind-the-hoarding-tickets-116562237791


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