‘Transformational’ Wirral Waters development scoops top property award
The £130m Miller’s Quay residential development at Wirral Waters has won a major industry award for what the judges described as a ‘transformational’ project for Wirral.
At Insider’s Liverpool City Region Property Awards 2023 judges recognised the most significant property deals and developments within the city region, as well as those behind them.
The award for Development of the Year went to Miller’s Quay, the team at Wirral Waters and its partners - Pension Insurance Corporation plc (“PIC”), GRAHAM and Wirral Council.
Miller’s Quay is the cornerstone residential scheme at Wirral Waters, the UK’s largest regeneration project, and celebrated its topping out in June. Once complete, it will comprise 500 highly sustainable one- and two-bedroom waterfront apartments.
In addition to its high levels of sustainability, Miller’s Quay is also delivering significant social value with 100 affordable new homes included and a wide range of unique learning and employment opportunities which will benefit the local community and improve employment prospects for local students.
The judges recognised that this development has brought together a long-term investor, an experienced developer and a local authority to kick-start regeneration and deliver a sustainable community. The scale of the scheme was described by the judges as "transformational" for Wirral.
Cllr Tony Jones, chair of Wirral Council’s Economy, Regeneration and Housing Committee, said:
Congratulations to all the team on winning this award. This is a landmark development in every sense of the word, visible from miles away and becoming the latest milestone in the ambitions for Wirral Waters, as well as Wirral’s wider regeneration along the Left Bank from New Ferry to New Brighton.
These buildings have also provided an incredibly valuable opportunity for students from nearby Wirral Met College who have been taking the chance to get real hands-on experience in construction. Through this hopefully we will see these young people, the builders of the future, helping deliver more of the borough’s future developments.
Wirral Waters and Miller’s Quay beat off competition at the awards which took place recently (12 October) at the Titanic Hotel. Also in contention for the award were Radisson RED, Liverpool (Hollis, Leach Rhodes Walker); The Drapery, Fabric District, Liverpool (The Regenda Group); Renshaw Hall, Liverpool (Falconer Chester Hall); Bastion Point, Liverpool (Integritas Property Group); Violet, Sci-Tech Daresbury (Langtree); Glass Futures Global Centre of Excellence, St Helens (Network Space Developments, St Helens Council, UKRI, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Abrdn); and No. 1 Old Hall Street, Liverpool (Downing).
Richard Mawdsley, Director of Development at Wirral Waters, said:
We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for Miller’s Quay and that it has been recognised for innovation in the delivery structure, and as an example of true collaborative working. We have created an incredible partnership on this project with PIC, GRAHAM, and Wirral Council, where we all share the same ambition, and this collaboration has been crucial to the project’s success.
“he staff and students at Wirral Met College also deserve a special thank you because they have been an important part of this project from the very beginning. They are fully embracing every opportunity that this development is giving them to learn all about modern and green methods of construction and how to build the energy efficient homes of the future.
Finally, we’d like to thank the judges and the team at Insider for seeing the impact and scale of this project and for recognising the importance of developing strong partnerships on a development of this scale.