May 12, 2022

Completion of the construction of the new £ 16million Ellesmere Port hub – as it got its name

A NEW £ 16million hub at Ellesmere Port has been officially named now that construction is complete.

Cheshire West and Chester Council have taken over the new administration and customer-oriented building at Ellesmere Port. The Council worked on the development and construction of the building as part of the government’s One Public Estate program.

All staff and elected officials were invited to suggest a new name for the building in accordance with some key naming principles, in that it should be short, distinct, memorable, and should not be confusing with other buildings or places with the same name in the city.

The portal, Ellesmere Port.

Councilor Louise Gittins, Head of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “I am delighted to announce that the name of the new building is The Portal.

“Over 50 names were nominated and shortlisted by our Managing Director, Andrew Lewis and Graham Pink, Director of Business Management and Delivery.

“The new name refers to the name of the city often referred to as the port, while also being an entrance and a building bringing together a range of partners to provide services, help and support.

Clare Hayward, President of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It’s really exciting to see the huge amount of investment, including for The Portal, coming into Ellesmere Harbor.

“The city just keeps getting stronger right now and with HyNet receiving government support earlier this year to potentially bring hydrogen production plants to Ellesmere Port, the future is bright.

Ellesmere Port Bus Interchange.

Ellesmere Port Bus Interchange.

“We are delighted to be able to support projects such as The Portal in the region and look forward to its opening in the new year. ”

Construction on the building by Vinci Construction UK continued throughout the pandemic to be delivered in time for a handover earlier this month. The building was constructed with many environmentally friendly elements including solar panels, an air source heat pump and charging points for electric vehicles.

From January, the building will be transferred to ADT Workplace for interior design and furnishings before an opening scheduled for spring 2022.

An important part of the project was the construction of the new bus facility on Civic Way, which opened earlier this year, with new modern shelters and real-time bus information.

The Portal was then built on the site of the old bus interchange. The gate and the bus interchange are part of a 15-year vision for the port of Ellesmere.

The building offers the most cost effective solution for the provision of municipal and partner services in the city compared to the alternative of renovating the Civic Way offices which will be demolished as part of the broader master plan proposals.

Ellesmere Port Bus Interchange.

Ellesmere Port Bus Interchange.

This space will then be made available for redevelopment as part of the broader city center regeneration plans.

An official opening ceremony is planned, including the unveiling of the public art installation and associated artwork in spring 2022.

Cllr Gittins added: ‘The new building is part of the huge regeneration taking place at Ellesmere Port, this construction has generated £ 5.3million in local spending, provided 27 local jobs, 106 apprenticeship weeks and opportunities for local schools and colleges to learn more about construction. industry.

“When it opens this spring, The Portal will be a base for local public sector and third sector organizations such as Citizen’s Advice, Job Center Plus and Work Zone.”