IBI Helps Launch UK’s Only Maritime Training Academy
The £2.5 million Port Academy building at Hugh Baird College has been officially opened. The event, attended by over 200 people, celebrated this state-of-the-art facility that will not only provide further education but maritime training and enrichment courses for students aged from 14 years.
IBI Group played a key role in delivering planning and architecture for the Academy, including the creation of a new main entrance and foyer, IT teaching spaces, conference facilities, LRC and refurbished engineering workshops.
The building is designed to help young people pursue a career in the maritime industry, and Port Academy is thought to be the only educational establishment that contributes to the sector within the UK.
Chris Pickup, Architect and Studio Associate said “We’ve worked with Hugh Baird College on a range of projects over the last decade and Port Academy Liverpool is the latest project to be completed. It is a great success story, not just for Hugh Baird College but for the wider economy of the Liverpool City Region, and will benefit the maritime sector throughout the UK.”
The opening of the Academy coincided with Seafarers Awareness Week, with Hugh Baird College unveiling a 7.5 ton navel anchor gifted by the Royal Navy. The anchor provides a permanent piece of public artwork at the new entrance created by IBI Group.
The planning team included Neil Elliott, Chris Pickup, Solveig Kleese and Katy Barry. Interiors were created by Andrew Cook.
The Academy will be welcoming their first students in September 2016.
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