Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects have won the competition to design the Maritime Knowledge Hub at Wirral Waters located in Liverpool, UK. This facility will be dedicated to marine engineering research and development, survival training, business incubation, workspace, and events at the heart of the Wirral Waters redevelopment project in the United Kingdom’s Liverpool City Region. The Maritime Knowledge Hub will create a place for innovation, collaboration, learning, training, and business development in the maritime sectors, and aims to put Liverpool and the UK on the marine and architectural industries’ global stage.
Peel Land and Property, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, Mersey Maritime, and Wirral Council, selected Schmidt Hammer Lassen together with local firm Ellis Williams Architects to design the $26 million Maritime Knowledge Hub. The Hub’s centerpiece is the historic Hydraulic Tower modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. A second new building, located adjacent to the tower, will comprise of new office, incubation, teaching, and cultural space, and will house a tank for a state-of-the-art Offshore Survival Training Centre.
Client: Peel Land and Property
Architect/Landscape Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Local Architect: Ellis Williams Architects
Master Planner: Parkinson Inc.
Building Area: 6,400 m2
Competition 2018, First prize in an invited competition
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