Job Joy in
MIDDLE England Developments
and Penlake Ltd. have announce the creation of 300 jobs in the
region both directly and in-directly.
MED (Middle England Developments) & Penlake Ltd in Liverpool are a
leading developer and manager of student accommodation, with a
success rate of 100% occupancy. Established as a student
accommodation manager over 10 years ago, Penlake has a history of
successfully developing and managing student accommodation.
The firm is based in Beacon Building on London Road in Liverpool
City Centre and by March this year it will see an extra 300 joiners,
brick layers, electricians, laborers and several other building
professions start work on several large scale projects across the
Middle England Developments began redeveloping historic buildings
into student properties in Liverpool around 3 years ago.
The new projects to be developed and included in the job creation
are the old Fire Station on Hatton Garden, Candia Tower and Crete
Tower, a pair of apartment blocks in Everton as well as St Andrews
Place on Rodney Street.
The Hatton Garden project will see 93 student properties created as
well as a manager's office opposite the main building entrance, a
gym, retail space housing a convenience food store, a
hairdresser/salon, and a coffee shop.
On agreeing the Hatton Garden development last year the council
stated:- "This type of housing proposed meets an identified
need and is in keeping with nearby developments. This innovative
development proposal will make efficient and sensitive reuse of a
fine, Grade II-listed building and therefore make a valuable
contribution to this part of the city centre."
Managing Director Nigel Russell also added that:- "At a time
when significant job cuts are being made in industry as a result of
the economic downturn, I am delighted that Middle England
Developments / Penlake Ltd are able to create employment
opportunities due to its expansion. There are vast opportunities
open to us within our sector and we look forward to recruiting new
members of staff to our business."
Tile triumph as thousands visit
MORE than 6000 visitors
have flocked to St Georgeís Hall for a rare glimpse of its world
famous Minton Tiles. The floor in the Great Hall was uncovered
on Saturday, 7 January 2012, to reveal its magnificent tiles and
visitors have only 1 more week to see the detailed floor for
themselves. Cabinet member for culture and tourism, Wendy
Simon said:- "Each time the floor is unveiled it attracts a
huge response. It is a great chance for visitors to see this amazing
display of craftsmanship. I would encourage anyone who hasnít yet
seen the Minton Tiles to visit St Georges Hall and take the
opportunity to see one of Britainís finest Victorian wonders."
The last time the tiles were displayed to the public was in
2009 and they are not expected to be on display again for another 2
years. The floor consists of 30,000 hand crafted tiles, many
depicting the world famous Liver Bird along with Neptune, sea
nymphs, dolphins and tridents. Minton Tiles on display
until Sunday 22 January 2012. The tiles can be viewed daily
from 10am with the last admission at 4.30pm every day. There is a
small admission charge of £1 for adults, under 16s are free.
Films Which Could Change Lives
TWIN Vision is a registered
media charity that was set up by Paul McCann and his twin brother
Gary in 2000, following 18 months self funded voluntary work
teaching photography and film to deaf and disabled children and
young people in Rajasthan, India. The twins returned to the UK to
register and base their charity in Liverpool, and are currently
based at St Anneís Catholic Primary School, Kensington. Tragically,
Gary was killed in a hit and run collision in India while doing
charity work. Following this devastating tragedy, Paul decided to
continue the innovative and life changing work of Twin Vision that
he and Gary had striven so hard to set up and, with the help of
Pauline Fielding of Road Peace North West, set to work on making
Echoes Documentary Film Project a reality through support from First
Light Movies and Liverpool City Council.
Echoes is a powerful documentary film project that has seen young
people from across Merseyside form production crews and
create three documentary films. These explore the devastating and
life changing effects of loss due to criminality as well as the
power of individuals to help and support others.
Since April 2011, Paul together with his colleagues, Wes Storey,
Leila Romaya and Chris Chadwick, and the young film crews recruited
form Sefton Youth Service, Young Addiction and Liverpool schools
have been working with protagonists from across the city to explore
loss on the roads, the devastating effects of substance misuse and
loss due to murder and manslaughter.
They have worked with many inspirational contributors including
Marie McCourt, who, following the murder of her daughter Helen over
24 years ago, headed SAMM Merseyside (Support After Murder or
Manslaughter) to support other victims of murder or manslaughter and
work tirelessly to campaign for change. Pauline Fielding, another
inspirational innovator, set up Road Peace North West following the
tragic death of her son, to help make roads safer for everyone and
offer support to the thousands of families who loose a loved one in
road traffic incidents each year.
The Twin Vision team have felt privileged and humbled to meet such
amazing and inspiring people who, despite such tragic loss of loved
ones, have found the inner strength to campaign for change and offer
support to others.
"This is a very important project which is using the talents and
creativity of our young people to help change lives. It explores
extremely difficult subjects but, hopefully, it will change
attitudes and make our society safer." said Councillor Joe
Anderson, Leader of Liverpool City Council
"The young film crews have created 3 thought provoking films. Each
shows an approach which is both respectful and compassionate towards
the individuals who offered a personal insight into their
experiences of loss of loved ones through criminality. The films
created a resource to educate young people to the tragic and
devastating consequences that becoming involved in acts of
criminality can have, not only on the victimís families and loved
ones, but the offenders also." Paul McCann, Twin Vision
"I greatly admire all our contributors for the life changing work
that they do and the strength that they have found to channel their
pain into something positive. It has been very rewarding to see our
young film makers grow from the creative process and I feel very
proud of them." Leila Romaya, Twin Vision
"I am delighted to have had the opportunity to be involved in this
inspirational project with Twin Vision who are to be applauded for
their innovative work which will help prevent further loss of life."
Pauline Fielding, RoadPeace NW.
"Whatís so good about this project is that the young people who were
involved in making it are part of the group it is aimed at. Peer
pressure is powerful. If we can encourage young people to deliver
the right message within their group that must help to improve
society. I believe education is the key to changing Attitudes; once
we do that, we modify Behaviour and determine Consequences. So itís
as simple as ABC." David Midmer RoadPeace NW.
The Project will launch at 10.30am, on Thursday, 19 January 2011, at
FACT Media Centre, Cinema 3, Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ, for all
those involved in the project. The finished films will be shown and
the work of everyone involved will be celebrated.