ade Akinsanya, Alexandra Douka, Feridson Han Wei Hong
The project responds to Birkenhead as a context that allows an inclusive environment, breaking the boundaries of the industrial zoning of the area and encouraging interaction, rest and play. Identifying an “urban park of potentials”, it proposes three different sectors: education, leisure and retail. An aim is to boost the already existing maritime college by providing facilities for students and visitors (bookshops, workshop, and a viewing tower). The design responds to the social makeup of the town suggesting a variety of relevant activities (a performance stage, coffee houses, restaurants, retail shops, markets, allotments, a green house, and sport facilities). The space between the ferry terminal and the Priory became the main area of the project’s focus, taking into consideration the Peel Group’s regeneration plans for Wirral Waters.