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Building of new facilities proposed to assist lockdown recovery

30 June 2020

With the drive to assist the UK economy in recovering from the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown under way, more plans are emerging for the construction of new facilities.

The government has announced its intention to support the refurbishment and construction of buildings and is additionally receiving applications from regional councils.

One of the most comprehensive of these is the 178-page report commissioned by Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson, outlining a £1.4bn plan for 25 projects, the majority of which could start before the end of the year.

These have the potential to create 12,000 construction jobs and more than 9,700 apprenticeships, according to pbctoday.co.uk.

The Liverpool Economic Recovery Plan (LERP) is co-signed by the metro mayor of Liverpool City Steve Rotherham and has the backing of 72 leaders from the city's commercial, legal, financial and cultural sectors.

It focuses on the four key themes of innovation, housing, employment and creativity and is designed to provide access to lifelong careers through the various roles it will create.

The LERP will be discussed by the city council cabinet on 3 July with the intention of gaining its endorsement.

Projects included in the plan range from a new cruise terminal, the next phase of the city's health innovation campus at Paddington Village, a science innovation centre within Liverpool John Moores University and a major housing development near the International Festival Gardens site.

The plan requires £200m of government funding for construction, plus £267m for apprenticeship and skills training.


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