Key Projects in Knowsley - Liverpool City Region
Whiston Hospital Provides Vital Services to the Region & Beyond
The rebuild cost of the New Whiston Hospital was an estimated £338 million.
In addition to the redevelopment of the hospital,
the upper playing field of the former Knowsley Higher Side School grounds
off Stoney Lane has been re-surfaced to serve as a
designated helicopter landing site for the dedicated use of an air ambulance,
with it being in close proximity to emergency medical facilities at the hospital.
The hospital was formerly known as the "County Hospital" until the National Health Service was
established in 1948.
At the time it had six main blocks of wards and accommodated around 500 patients.
In 1953, the hospital was renamed "Whiston Hospital" and its services were expanded to
include a whole new range of specialties.
The hospital also has a primary maternity department supporting the boroughs of Knowsley and St Helens, alongside a regional Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit serving the North West of England, North Wales and the Isle of Man. The facilities at the old hospital have served the whole of the North West extremely well, the new hospital is continuing that trend and is already proving a vital service for the entire region.
The "St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust" is member organisation of the teaching hospital system. The hospital is partnered with three of the regions top universities, they are the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University.
Everton's Finch Farm Complex
Everton's Finch Farm training academy boasts some of the finest training facilities in the world, with 10 full-size grass pitches on three plateaus, a Gym, a Synthetic indoor training pitch, Hydrotherapy pools, a Spa, Sauna, Physiotherapy rooms, a Media centre and Video lounges with a video editing suite. It's no wonder that Evertonians have nicknamed the state-of-the-art venue the 'School of Science'. Given what's on offer at the complex, it's sure to make Everton a big draw for future signings and should also provide a boost in the development of the Club's Academy players. The training ground houses both the Everton first team and the youth academy. The 55-acre site, off Higher Road and Finch Lane in Halewood was bought by Liverpool City Council for £12.9million in 2013.
The KHT New Housing Project
The Knowsley Housing Trust are planning to build 570 new homes across the borough,
including 319 affordable homes and 251 homes for shared ownership or outright sale.
The announcement is in response to statistics from national charity Shelter,
which says only 37 percent of homes in Knowsley are classed as affordable.
In total 319 affordable homes will be available to rent across seven different sites
and comprise one and two-bed apartments,
two and three-bed houses and one bed plus apartments.
A further 251 homes will be available to buy within the next three years,
says the developer.
Executive director at KHT, Ian Thomson, says:
"New homes in Knowsley are in demand,
and it's important that we act responsibly to plan and recognise the needs of our community.
"Our vision is to develop high quality yet affordable homes which provide future homeowners and residents with a wide variety of options, to ensure they can select the property which works best for them, all while keeping money in their pockets. As a responsible landlord and developer, every project we develop is designed to inspire communities and support the region's residents."
Among the seven sites earmarked for the homes is Bluebell Park in Huyton. The development for over 55s will benefit from an Extra Care housing development as part of the plans, which will provide onsite facilities for residents.