Hub2 under way

The new addition will ensure accommodation and facilities are up-to-date whilst not losing the ethos and core values of this unique client and user group.

The Seafarers UK Centenary Wing will be formally opened by the charity’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, on 23 June. The new accommodation is a highly anticipated extension to the Trinity House Hub.

Seafarers UK Centenary wing progress March 2017 Seafarers UK Centenary wing progress

The major new extension represents the second phase of a long-term masterplan for the redevelopment of Mariners’ Park, and is being funded in large-part thanks to a Seafarers UK donation of £1.17m.

Older houses next to the existing Hub were demolished as part of the project which will provide provide 22 single and double occupancy bedroom apartments, as well as a new activities space for residents, a staff room and extra storage facilities. Work is expected to be completed in 2017 to celebrate the Seafarers UK 100 year anniversary.

As with the first-phase Hub building, the new apartments will be fully accessible, and residents will have access to Mariners’ Park’s highly-rated domiciliary care service, social activities and communal facilities.

Kitchen in progress in the new wing Kitchen under completion

In the first of several milestones for the project, the funding announcement was made by Seafarers UK president HRH the Earl of Wessex, to 150 of the charity’s supporters and beneficiaries at its annual meeting in London on Tuesday 19 May 2015. Nautilus welfare services manager Mick Howarth then also presented the architectural deigns to The Earl of Wessex.

Prince Edward views detailed architectural plans for the SFUK Centenary Wing HRH Prince Edward views detailed architectural plans

The third milestone — the planning application for ‘Hub2’ — was successfully submitted to Wirral Borough Council during Seafarers Awareness week in June 2015. Foundation work started on site in February 2016 and is due to open on 23 June 2017.

The capital project grant will be provided over three years (2015 to 2017) and will give the NWF the majority of the funding it needs for the design and building work for the new facilities.

Building work in progress on the stairwell. A stairwell under construction.

case study (pdf) written jointly by Mr Howarth and the architects Pozzoni Architecture gives an overview of the latest developments within the Mariners’ Park Estate and how the second phase of the Hub development contributes to that overall vision. The study is published on the Housing and Learning Information Network (LIN), a ‘knowledge hub’ for housing, health and social care professionals.