Shao Qian Chan, Jaabir Hussein, Amirah Tengku Johari
The project responds to Birkenhead’s ship building history and the existing educational infrastructure, with the town being home to the Maritime Engineering College North West. The proposed development comprises an educational campus- “Learn”, student accommodation and commercial property -“Live”, and place for recreation – “Leisure”. Inspired by the Cammel Laird £200m contract to build advanced scientific research ships housing laboratories and deploying remote submarines, the project idea is to create a maritime engineering university making use of the existing dry dock and specialist technical expertise. The educational complex also includes mixed used buildings and shared community space with restaurants and green spaces along the waterfront promenade. The complex provides recreational activities (maritime museum, leisure centre and sport facilities), attracting new visitors to the waterfront. In urban terms the project links the Georgian district with new active streets directly to the waterfront, creating a new experience of the town as a less fragmented, singular, whole.