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FIRST EVER: Wirral Waters first park completed

FIRST EVER: Wirral Waters first park completed

The new park at Wirral Waters, Image: Matt Goodfellow/Kootoo

The first ever park at the major Wirral Waters development has been completed, with residents set to move into the key development’s first 30 homes early next year.

Wirral Waters, a project led by Peel L&P, which is set to deliver up to 13,000 homes on the former Birkenhead docks over the next 30 years, was beset by delays in its early days.

But by next April at the latest, buyers will move into the first 30 homes at East Float, a joint venture between Peel L&P and Urban Splash which will contain 350 homes once it is completed.

These homes are part of Wirral Waters’ Northbank development, which will eventually deliver 1,106 homes on the Birkenhead docks.

The so-called ‘pocket park’ is seen as an important part of East Float, as it is key to making the scheme as green as possible and it helps with drainage, something which will become increasingly important given the greater flood risks climate change could bring.

Shivani Gunawardana, from BCA Landscape which created the park, said: “The park has been designed for everyone – from young to old – and we’ve embraced the history of the area whilst adding in splashes of bright colour and traditional natural hues too.

“There are wood play elements which were inspired by the site and its history, with sand digging equipment and moveable pulleys, inspired by the old grain shifting equipment. This area will be so much fun.”

Ms Gunawardana said: “From the very start we’ve focused on inspiration from the fascinating history of the area, it’s close proximity to the Mersey and the latest thinking on sustainable nature based design solutions – ensuring we play our part in helping society adapt to climate change, while simultaneously enhancing the visual environment of the park.”

Speaking last week, Richard Mawdsley, director of development at Wirral Waters, said that several green spaces and shared gardens are being created within Wirral Waters, something which will help to reduce flood risk in areas such as Tower Road and other parts of Birkenhead as well.

Two types of homes will be built at East Float, ‘Row House’ homes and ‘Town House’ homes.

The Row House homes are designed to look like modern mews style homes, or ‘urban cottages’.

At Wirral Waters, they come in three sizes; a two-bedroom, two-storey home, a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half storey home with a roof terrace, and the largest, a four-bedroom, three-storey home.

The homes were made at Urban Splash’s factory in the East Midlands, before being delivered to Wirral by road.

Also available at the site are three-storey town houses.

Residents can customise these homes to fit their needs, with options such as a five-bedroom house with home offices, a ‘garden living’ home with living space downstairs, or ‘loft living’ with bedrooms on the ground floor and open plan living areas upstairs.

 

Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter


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