Centenary Wing opens

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 was opened by the charity’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, on 23 June 2017. The new accommodation is a highly anticipated extension to the Trinity House Hub.

HRH The Earl of Wessex opened the new Seafarers UK Centenary Wing Seafarers UK Centenary Wing opening. Image : Tadhg Devlin

The major new extension represents the second phase of a long-term masterplan for the redevelopment of Mariners’ Park, and was 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 provides 22 single and double occupancy bedroom apartments, as well as a new activities space for residents, a staff room and extra storage facilities. Work was completed to celebrate the Seafarers UK 100 year anniversary in 2017.

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

HRH The Earl of Wessex opened the new Seafarers UK Centenary Wing HRH The Earl of Wessex opens the new Wing. Image: Tadhg Devlin

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.

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 the Wing got the royal seal of approval on 23 June 2017.

Centenary Wing back garden pond A pond features in the landscaped rear garden of the Centenary Wing

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

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.