Collaboration is key to maintaining Liverpool’s momentum

Posted by Dave Saville

Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North West

Tue 27th, Aug

With building work anticipated to commence at Liverpool City Council’s new Cruise Terminal Hotel early next year, main contractor Wates Construction has become the latest voice to join the debate on the importance of industry collaboration across the city. 

Dave Saville, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North West:

“A silo mentality is an extremely restricting thing and fortunately it is becoming a relic of the past. We have seen time and again what can be achieved when people put their heads together. Collaboration is king and this is especially the case in Liverpool where the public and private sectors have worked together seamlessly to deliver on a joint vision, to create a world-leading city where people want to work, live and visit. One of the most successful recent examples of this can be seen in Peel Land and Property’s 60-hectare £5bn Liverpool Waters, the city’s major waterfront regeneration scheme at Princes Dock and we are very proud to be playing a part in this ambitious masterplan.

“Wates is a huge believer in partnership working so our ethos belongs in this great city. For us, collaboration takes place at every level; it happens within our own teams, with our clients and it runs throughout our supply chain. This is how we deliver projects and it’s how we make sure that this is done to as high a standard as possible. But partnership working is also fostered with our industry peers and amongst regional best practice and skills networks. It is our duty to support the industry and we simply can’t do this if we don’t all talk to one another.

“There is currently some fantastic momentum in Liverpool. In March this year Regenerating Liverpool’s Liverpool Development Update reported that there is approximately £1.44bn of construction schemes on site across the city with a further £300m taking place outside of the city centre. This investment presents us with a collective opportunity. When a city has a buzz, it attracts people, which in-turn contributes to economic growth. Further investment follows - in new buildings, new skills and new industries. We’re in the midst of an exciting period for Liverpool and I am very excited about the role that Wates is set to play in the city’s future.”

Subject to planning permission, Wates is expected to commence construction at the new Cruise Terminal Facility early 2020. The project is supported with £20m from the Local Growth Fund, which is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.

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