Hugh Baird College – Health, Engagement & Training Hub

Value: £3mArchitects: IBI

This unique collaboration between Hugh Baird College and Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust led to the creation of a state of the art health, social care and mental health facility, completed in 2019.


The scheme comprised the transformation of the former St Winefride’s Roman Catholic Church into a training hub for 200 health and social care students, whilst the former presbytery has become a Life Rooms mental health facility for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. The aim is to support the region’s skills objectives by significantly increasing the local health and care workforce, upskilling existing staff and providing routes to employment to local unemployed and disadvantaged people

The church club house was also refurbished to provide cooking, hair and beauty and other communal “life skills” facilities, whilst the new build elements included specialist installations such as teaching rooms, a simulation ward and mezzanine IT space. The new teaching spaces take advantage of the large expanse of glazing with a new curtain walling system to replace the stained-glass windows damaged in a recent fire.

Crossfield implemented an extensive training and engagement plan with the College, as well as the local community. This included: Employing a full-time apprentice; work placements; work shadowing; Women in Construction events; community days; and a 100% local supply chain from the Bootle and Liverpool area.

“We love our new Life rooms and everything that it represents!! You should all be so proud of this achievement - it shows that so much, time, energy and thought along with many other things has gone into this project.”
Michaela Cole
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

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