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Eric Wright Hands over Trio of Projects

ByCharley Williams

Jan 13, 2017

Eric Wright Construction, part of the Eric Wright Group, has completed three major industrial, office and school schemes totalling more than £19million.

In Liverpool, the contractor completed the largest speculative development in the region for more than a decade for Peel Logistics Property. Dubbed L175, the 175,000 sq ft Grade A industrial and logistics facility at Liverpool International Business Park was designed by AEW Architects and features 18 dock level loading doors, two level access doors, 50 trailer spaces and office space.

Across the Mersey in Ellesmere Port, Christ Church CofE Primary School was handed over in time for the autumn term. Designed by JM Architects, it was commissioned through the Education Funding Agency (EFA) Regional Contractors Framework, as part of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), which is rebuilding or refurbishing 537 school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. The new build primary school accommodates 210 pupils and features a two-storey glazed curtain wall entrance, aluminium face cladding to the hall space and multi-coloured render panels to the general teaching spaces.

Finally, Eric Wright completed the new 60,000 sq ft offices for Cumbria County Council. The design and build project forms part of the local authority’s Better Places for Work project, a rationalisation programme to decrese the number of buildings from 22 to two in Carlisle.

Staff have already begin moving into the new facility in Carlisle that houses 450 workstations for 700 staff, with hot desking, mobile working and modern technology helping to reduce overheads and cut the Council’s carbon output in half – from 1,546 tonnes to 826 tonnes.

Matt Fitton, development director at Peel Logistics, said: “The completion of L175 on schedule is another significant milestone for us as it continues to build on our reputation as a developer of high quality warehousing facilities.

“The speculative development is particularly attractive to the automotive sector with Jaguar Land Rover situated just five minutes away at Halewood. The opening of Liverpool 2 provides a catalyst for increased warehousing demand in the region and makes L175 an excellent opportunity for occupiers seeking to expand or build a new presence in the North West.”

John Wilson, managing director at Eric Wright Construction, added: “It’s great to have completed a hat-trick of projects in different markets across the North of England.

“Each came with specific demands and challenges, with the team employing innovative construction solutions to meet budget constraints and ensure we delivered quality buildings that make a real difference, be it investment, cost-savings or better facilities.”