Construction Minister visits Shakespeare North Playhouse

Yesterday we welcomed the Construction Minister, Lee Rowley MP, to visit the recently-completed Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot. Hosting the visit were Andrew Davies and Sophie Timms from Kier. They were joined by the Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan, Andrew Donaldson (Exec Director, Communities & Neighbourhoods), Melanie Lewis (Chief Executive of the Playhouse), Marie Rimmer (MP for St Helens South and Whiston), and John Fogarty (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority).

The attraction is the first of its kind in the Liverpool city region, and the venue’s official opening weekend is Saturday 16 July and Sunday 17 July.
Working collaboratively with Knowsley Council, Kier is proud to have played its part in delivering this project, which is the first of its kind in the Liverpool city region. As well as having a significant cultural impact regionally and nationally, the project is a wonderful representation of modern and traditional construction techniques where in keeping with the Jacobean design, the theatre is built from reclaimed hardwood, designed and crafted by hand; a traditional method of construction rarely used in the 21st century.
The Minister was keen to learn about apprentices on the project and he spent some time with members of Kier staff and subcontractors who either started their careers as an apprentice or are currently employed as one.

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