Hugh Baird College – Health, Engagement & Training Hub

Value: £3mArchitects: IBI

This project for Hugh Baird College consisted of a unique collaboration between the College and Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust 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.


Works comprised of the full refurbishment of St Winefrides’ Church in Bootle and new build works to the adjoining presbytery. The main building was remodelled to provide staff, storage and WC areas, with a new mezzanine constructed to provide new teaching areas.

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.

A new café, library and independent study space provide support spaces for student and staff. The existing presbytery, which adjoins the main church building was demolished and replaced with a new building for the Sefton “Life Rooms” operated by Mersey Care NHS Trust.

The former church club house was refurbished to provide small scale facilities for horticulture, cooking, hair & beauty and other “life skills”.

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.

The project was completed ready for the Autumn term 2018/2019.

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