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Edition No. 104

Date:- 21 June 2003

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A unique guide to architecture in Liverpool and Birkenhead
ARCHI-TREK, a free interactive guide promoting architecture in Liverpool and over the water on the Wirral is launched on 19 June 2003 as part of Architecture Week. The pocket size guide will be available this summer from city centre venues. Artist Clare Negus, photographer Joel Chester Fildes and designer Henry Wong were commissioned to create this new walk guide following the success of Archi-trek in Manchester. 

ARCHI-TREK is designed to encourage observation and awareness of the urban environment and context. Stickers with photographic details accompany the map of key buildings on the route. The user then matches the image with the architecture to produce a personalised memento of Merseyside's buildings.

ARCHI-TREK features some of Merseyside's wonderful waterside architecture. There are 11 buildings in Birkenhead and 11 on the Liverpool side. The two areas are linked by ferry, with the walk designed to be completed in a day. 

It includes tourist attractions, dock areas, the disused and the re-developed, the very old alongside new build. Many of the buildings can be seen from either side of the river along their respective skylines, an attractive feature of the area. There is also a maritime theme, with the war memorials and the u-boat. The Queensway Mersey Tunnel features heavily, especially on the Birkenhead side, as the structures dominate the skyline.

On the Birkenhead side, Queensway Mersey Tunnel Ventilation Towers, the work of Herbert J. Rowse is included alongside Egerton Bridge, Mortar Mill, and the German U-Boat U-534. Also featured is Hamilton Square, the largest Georgian Square in the UK, which incorporates Hamilton Square Station and Wirral Museum, formerly Birkenhead Town Hall. The walk also takes in the Wirral Magistrates Court, and Birkenhead Priory & St. Mary's Tower.

Over the river, Liverpool offers No. 8 & No. 12 Princes Dock, and the Bridge, all part of the new development of Princes Dock. It also features Waterloo Warehouse, Royal Sun Alliance Building, Thistle Hotel (modelled on the prow of a ship), Royal Liver Building (Grade I), the Cunard Building (Grade II) & Cunard War Memorial (Grade II). Rowse's Queensway Mersey Tunnel Ventilation Tower/Offices, Merseyside Maritime Museum at Jesse Hartley's Grade 1 listed Albert Dock and the 1952 Memorial to the Merchant Navy complete the list.
Report with thanks to Catharine Braithwaite 
Media Relations



WITH Child Safety Week beginning on Monday, the Health and Safety Executive is stressing the importance of protecting children in the workplace.

Child Safety Week (23 to 29 June) is an annual initiative, organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, which aims to increase the awareness and understanding of children's accidents and their prevention.

HSE has published a variety of guidance to help raise awareness of the dangers children face in the workplace, including the Stay Safe publications aimed at 7 to 11 year olds, concentrating on preventing accidents in the agriculture, construction and railway industries.

Stay Safe On the Farm, Stay Safe Railway Safety, and Stay Safe Building Site Safety all contain, games, cartoons and puzzles to encourage children to think about the hazards which exist in all these industries, and how to avoid them.

These industries often act as a magnet to children who don't understand the dangers they present and treat them like playgrounds.

Thousands of copies of the Stay Safety booklets have been distributed at schools across the country, and can be ordered free of charge from HSE Books on 01787 881165.

· Stay Safe  On the Farm
· Stay Safe Railway Safety at Railway
· Stay Safe  Building Sites

SOUTHPORT Arts Centre bridges the north-south divide of Merseyside by welcoming the Liverpool Comedy Festival to its doors featuring a range of comedians next month. 

Starting on the evening of July 10, Rawhide Comedy will host top stand up comedians
Andrew Maxwell, Tony Hendriks, and the main attraction from Ross Noble, regarded by Time out Magazine as the 'supreme master of stand up'. Featuring his smash show 'Sonic Waffle' on July 11 - recently a regular voice on Radio 4's just a minute, regarded as the supreme master of stand up comedy.

Tickets for Rawhide Comedy @ Southport Arts Centre are £8 (£6 concessions) and for Ross Noble £12 (£10 limited concessions). 

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