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Liverpool FC has been given permission to increase Anfield’s capacity from about 45,500 to about 59,000 as part of a £100m expansion plan.

Liverpool City Council’s planning committee approved the club’s proposal to expand the Main Stand by 8,300 seats and the Anfield Road Stand by 4,800.

Construction will begin next year for completion by the 2016-17 season.

Virtual Planit produced all of the photomontages for the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment as well as the hi-res CGI’s.
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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.

Watch the video produced by Virtual Planit:

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.’

ABOUT UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL COLLEGES
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

This new video from Virtual Planit describes the Energy from Waste (EfW) facility and an Environmental Technologies Complex – a cluster of waste management and environmental technology facilities.

Located on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal in Cheshire, the 51ha (126 acre) multi modal site has excellent road and rail access and berthing onto the canal. It offers the opportunity to create a leading concentration of waste management, recycling and reprocessing users in the North West.

The park will be run by Ince Park LLP in a joint venture partnership between Covanta Energy, a world leader in the development and operation of large scale EfW projects, and Peel Environmental, a subsidiary of The Peel Group, one of Britain’s leading infrastructure, transport and real estate companies.

Phase One of the development will see Covanta, the world’s biggest operator of EfW facilities, building the 95MW EfW facility.

This means that there should be several hundred construction jobs over a three year period in addition to creating more than 1,000 full time jobs across the full Ince site.

Following a huge amount of organisation getting all the gear in the same place at the right time, our video shoot for Ince Park took place yesterday. Part of the delay was that the Hi Def fixed rig film camera was already booked for the Belgian Grand Prix, so we had to wait for it to come back. Getting Mike the cameraman, and Will the (ex-forces) helicopter pilot, together with Chris also proved to be equally logistically difficult.

The shoot took about 2 hours, and we collected a fabulous journey along the Manchester Ship Canal starting out at sea off Liverpool, finishing up at Media City in Salford. Taking in a few important strategic sites along the way.

We hope to have the completed video ready for our client in a week, so we’ll keep you posted.


Art directing a pilot and a cameraman at the same time is a serious business! 😉

Virtual Planit are nearing completion of another phase of works in the development of Ince Park. We have been commissioned to produce a comprehensive animation that explains this very exciting project and it’s relationship to Liverpool and Manchester.

With full outline consent and part detailed consent, the development will comprise an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility and Environmental Technologies Complex – a cluster of waste management and environmental technology facilities.

Located on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal, the 51ha (126 acre) multi modal site has excellent road and rail access and berthing onto the canal.
It offers the opportunity to create a leading concentration of waste management, recycling and reprocessing users in the North West.

The Park will be run by Ince Park LLP in a joint venture partnership between Covanta Energy, a world leader in the development and operation of large scale EfW projects, and Peel Environmental, a subsidiary of The Peel Group, one of Britain’s leading infrastructure, transport and real estate companies. Phase one of the development will see Covanta, the world’s biggest operator of EfW facilities, building the 95MW EfW facility.