Maritime and Energy

The Wirral Peninsula, a short drive through the Mersey Road Tunnel, has become a leading international centre for Renewables, Marine and Civil Nuclear Engineering. This tour will be focused around a visit to the famous ship builders, Cammell Laird and then on to Wirral Waters, the largest regeneration project in the UK by consented floor area.

Cammell Laird, founded in 1828 and to this day still one of the most famous names in British industry; are a global leader in shipbuilding, ship repair and ultra-advanced engineering, with a specialist focus on the latest technologies in modular construction. 

Based on the banks of the River Mersey, Cammell Laird's world class facilities include its heavy engineering module construction hall, one of the largest in Europe and which dominates the Wirral skyline. Take a tour of the hall and view the pioneering new polar research vessel the RSS Sir David Attenborough, a major UK Government investment in frontier science commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council.

You will also visit the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre a research collaboration led by Cammell Laird to develop modular manufacturing techniques to support the UK's nuclear new build programme.

Hear from Jonathan Brown, Managing Director, how modularisation is widely applied across a range of sectors and how the company has expanded into emerging markets, not least off-shore wind, which has been complemented by a major programme of infrastructure investments which allows them to accommodate the largest wind farm vessels operating in the Irish sea.

You will also visit Wirral Waters, a major waterfront regeneration project that includes the development of the Maritime Knowledge Hub (a centre for maritime skills, research and innovation) and MEA Park – a nationally significant waterside manufacturing, R&D and skills campus totalling more than 1 million square feet of floor space, targeted to support the Marine, Maritime and Energy sectors.

The tour is based around facilities approximately 20 minutes from Liverpool City Centre.