Peel replaces collapsed Urban Splash House on Wirral Waters build

Construction of the East Float housing project on Wirral Waters has been taken over by developer Peel L&P, following the collapse of Urban Splash House last month.

Urban Splash’s modular spin-off, backed by Japanese modular giant Sekisui and Homes England, was placed into administration in May, putting 160 people out of a job.

Splash had been selected to build 30 modular homes during phase one of the project – part of a joint venture between itself and Peel L&P to deliver 347 new homes on Wirral Waters, one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK.

Peel will now take over the work and has renamed its Northbank residential scheme ‘Millers Quay’.

In a statement, director of development for the project Richard Mawdsley, said: “Peel L&P have taken control of the East Float housing project and will be responsible for the development moving forward.

“Our contractor, who is unaffected by the administration, is onsite and key staff have been retained to ensure practical completion of phase one of the project, which comprises 30 homes. We expect to achieve practical completion within a matter of weeks.”

Peel said it was now looking to work with architects and contractors to finalise its approach to the delivery of phase two, which will create 55 homes. It added that both the ‘Town House’ and ‘Row House’ homes could be built using a variety of methods.

Mawdsley confirmed that the plans for the two phases of the East Float project did not involve the House by Urban Splash factory and would be delivered as intended.

He said: “The overall delivery trajectory for this particular development at Wirral Waters will not be adversely affected by the closure of the factory, and it will be delivered in full and on time.”

East Float is one of three residential schemes now onsite along the newly named Miller’s Quay development within Wirral Waters, which will collectively deliver more than 1,100 new homes.

It sits alongside new public realm, parks and dockside walkways, creating a new diverse and sustainable community at Wirral Waters.

Wirral Waters is a £4.5bn sister scheme to Peel L&P’s £5bn Liverpool Waters project on the other side of the River Mersey.

Splash was one of 11 construction-related businesses that entered administration in May – a record low since COVID-19 support payments stopped.

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