Sports college provides boost to Liverpool economy

Sports college provides boost to Liverpool economyWillmott Dixon has completed a new £18 million home for Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College on the former Long Lane council depot in Fazakerley.

This is the second new school completed by the company for Liverpool City Council under the Scape framework, with Notre Dame Catholic College opening in 2013.

Around 70 per cent of Archbishop Beck’s budget was spent with firms in the region, including contracts for mechanical and electrical engineering, tiling, fencing, joinery, painting and decorating.

It is the latest in the Liverpool Schools Investment Programme, devised as a follow-up after the Government halted Wave Six of Liverpool’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.

The new school features a sports hall with six courts, a 3G pitch, a theatre and recording and dance studios. Mayor Joe Anderson said: “The new Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College is a fantastic facility which will provide thousands of young people with education in great surroundings.

“I am pleased so many of the subcontracts were awarded to Liverpool firms, meaning that we have been able to recycle millions of pounds back into the city’s economy. It is also good to see Willmott Dixon have been training the tradespeople of tomorrow by employing apprentices as part of this scheme.”

The council’s employment and skills team, Liverpool in Work, has helped Willmott Dixon access a local workforce, apprentices and the local supply chain on the schools they are building. Almost 80 per cent of the 300 people who worked on Archbishop Beck are from Liverpool or the wider Liverpool City Region, and 27 apprentices also worked on the site.

Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the North West said: “We’re very proud of what we have created with Archbishop Beck, which comes just over a year after we handed over Notre Dame, another brilliant new school for Liverpool.

“As with Notre Dame Catholic College, a key focus was supporting local jobs and companies and I’m pleased to say building Archbishop Beck gave another major boost with 70 per cent of the gross development value spent in the local economy and supply chain. It will be the same approach with Archbishop Blanch, where we are on site now.”