The Brighton Hippodrome began life as an Ice Rink in 1897, then became a circus which then became theatre. Changed to an auditorium and hosted the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Became a film and TV studio and onto a Mecca Bingo Hall in 2006. The next step in the Hippodrome’s life is to become a cinema with restaurant dining. Working with Russ Drage Architects, Virtual Planit have built the 3d model and produced the CGI’s and animation of this new chapter in its varied life.

Peel Ports has announced it is investing £3 million to upgrade its existing steel terminal at the Port of Liverpool’s Gladstone dock. The improved facility will benefit from the latest-generation CareGo warehouse optimisation and crane automation technology, revolutionising the efficiency of the steel supply chain and transforming the port’s customer offering.

The Liverpool Steel Terminal will feature a fully automated warehouse and interactive customer web portal, which mean customers will have round-the-clock instant access to the ordering process. Real time stock availability, precision coil selection and a vehicle booking system will give customers best value for money by minimising paperwork, handling, and haulier turn-around time.

The terminal will also include an automatic weighing facility, and instant customer reporting means that customers will be able to track their order real-time from ship to door.

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Gary Hodgson, Managing Director of Peel Ports said: “This is a particularly exciting investment for Peel Ports because it puts us at the leading edge of steel storage and distribution. No other port in the UK is currently able to offer a comparable service.”

“Coupled with the Port of Liverpool’s advantageous location in terms of its proximity to UK manufacturing, we are confident that we are making a very important investment that will ultimately offer our customers substantial cost benefits.”

Coil capacity at the new terminal will be 350kt. Segregated storage and quarantine locations include the capacity for dehumidification and temperature controlled facilities. The Liverpool Steel Terminal will be open for business in April 2013.

North Liverpool Academy Trust is delighted to announce that they have been given approval to set up a University Technical College specialising in Life Sciences in the heart of the Liverpool City Region.

For the past three years, the Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT) have been working with the Department for Education, local employers, universities and further education colleges to develop a national network of UTCs. North Liverpool Academy is one of thirteen projects approved as the next wave of UTCs. The Government have pledged to increase the number to 24.

Kay Askew, Principal of North Liverpool Academy commented;

‘The Life Sciences UTC will transform life opportunities for young people by developing their technical employability skills for the Life Sciences and Health Care Sector enabling them to take advantage of the growing employment opportunities in this sector.’

The UK life science industry is the largest in Europe and in global terms, is second only to the United States. Liverpool possesses a significant cluster of life science research and clinical activity and established and developing businesses. Alongside the commercial sector, Liverpool researchers’ are actively engaged in delivering over £460 million research projects with partners across 57 countries and in this respect Liverpool is a truly global city. In addition to this wealth of research, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital is to undergo the construction of a brand new state-of-the-art hospital with the creation of 100,000 m2 of development space in the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter under a £451million project. This latter project is a catalyst to stimulate even closer engagement between the healthcare system, research and business, and it is in this context we wish to establish a Life Sciences University Technical College.

The Life Sciences UTC has the full backing of the commercial, public and education sector with co-sponsors including the University of Liverpool and Royal Liverpool, Broadgreen University Hospital and Mersey Bio. Commercial organisations like Novartis, Unilever and Bristol Myers Squib have offered to back to the Life Sciences UTC.

Geoff Wainwright, Director MerseyBIO, commented:

‘By developing the next generation of employees, the Life Sciences UTC will underpin a key component of Liverpool’s strategy and support the UK’s leadership position as a global biotech nation. This award of the Life Science UTC not only highlights the importance of the this industry sector to the UK, but also recognises the considerable expertise of the staff of North Liverpool Academy and places confidence in them in being able to deliver such a vital project.’

They are different in three crucially important ways:

They are 14-19 not 11-18 schools
Each must be sponsored by a University
Employers will be involved from the start in shaping the curriculum
There are no tests to enter a UTC at 14
Their school day typically runs from 8:30am to 5:30pm
They have a school year of 40 weeks with either four or five terms.
These major changes significantly increase the teaching, adding a whole extra year of instruction for every two years a student is in the UTC

Extra-curricular activities are compulsory
There is a broad general curriculum, and the core subjects of English, maths and science are taught through highly demanding technical projects
Pre 16 students will spend 60& of their time on academic subjects and 40% on technical ones. Post 16 the percentage is reversed with 40% academic teaching, 60% the application of scientific and technical knowledge
The curriculum content is determined and shaped through the partnership of employers and universities
All students study a foreign language related to their technical curriculum
Experience of work is central to the element of the curriculum

Originally published by Liverpool Vision

A ‘MASSIVE step forward’ is how the MP for Eddisbury described The Winsford E-ACT Academy’s new school building.

Stephen O’Brien was among dignitaries and members of the public invited to tour the £19.6 million facility on Friday, November 9.

Children’s’ learning needs have informed the design from the ground up, with Kier Construction due to complete the build two months before new pupils arrive next September.

The structure’s high-tech, modern facilities have already started to reverse the historical trend of Winsford losing secondary pupils to neighbouring towns. 2013’s projected group of Year Sevens is 50 per cent up on last year’s intake.

Andrew Duncalf, E-ACT’s director of finance; said: “Winsford is a town where a big percentage of children who live here travel elsewhere for their secondary education. But the feel good factor of coming to a school with brand new facilities is proving very attractive.”

The new building will increase EACT’s intake from 1,045 to 1,700, taking into account an increased demand, Winsford’s growing population, and incoming laws raising school leaving age to 18 by 2015.

The school’s main concourse – known as ‘The Street’ – is a spacious corridor dividing a three-story section of airy modern classrooms from distinct ground-floor zones, where high-ceilings and ample creative space accommodate design technology, art and drama subjects.

Each of the classrooms is set back from a balcony overlooking The Street, offering students areas to socialise and study.

Also featured are a new library, ample bike sheds and lockers, and a large assembly hall able to seat 425 people, enabling larger scale school productions.

Coupled with music rooms and a redesigned school field of sports pitches and multi use games areas, Winsford’s new high school is due to encourage increased extra-curricular use.

Vicky Atkinson, deputy director of finance, said: “It’s long overdue. The people of Winsford have needed a new school building for very many years, and we’re very excited to be able to offer this new learning experience.”

MP Stephen O’Brien said: “I was really impressed to see the progress which has been made in the new Winsford E-Act Academy building. The concern shown by the contractors to minimise the impact and disruption to the local neighbourhood and the fact that it was designed with the benefit of the children’s’ learning experience to the fore is a massive step forward for Winsford. The Academy has my complete support.”

Originally published in the Winsford Guardian

The UCEA Academy built by Kier and designed by BDP is now open.

A world record attempt was made last week at the opening ceremony for the £25m school building in Ellesmere Port. 2,500 people made the largest human flower –  a giant poppy in recognition of Remembrance Day.

These photos are from Richard Line’s visit last night whilst playing for Tarporley Badminton Club.

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Virtual Planit have created CGI’s and an animation for this amazing new development in Ireby.

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