This unique collaboration between Hugh Baird College and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
led to the creation of a state of the art health, social care and mental health facility, completed
The completed development will increasing the local health and care workforce,
upskilling existing staff and providing routes to employment to local disadvantaged people.
Works comprised the full refurbishment of St Winefrides’ Church in Bootle to provide a café,
library and independent study space, with a mezzanine constructed to provide new teaching
areas. This space took advantage of the large expanse of glazing with a new curtain walling
system to replace the stained-glass windows damaged in a recent fire.
The church club house was also refurbished to provide cooking, hair and beauty and other
communal “life skills” facilities. The adjoining presbytery was then demolished and replaced
with a new building for the Sefton “Life Rooms” operated by Mersey Care NHS Trust, including
specialist installations, a simulation ward and mezzanine IT space.
This included: Employing a full-time apprentice and a Degree apprentice; over 20 work
placements; Women in Construction events; donation of benches for the Life Rooms gardens;
community activities; and a 100% local supply chain from the Bootle and Liverpool area.