Training Education Centre, Speke
We were tasked to revitalise this training and community enterprise centre in Speke. The work was made possible with a grant, part of the £9 million Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Local Growth Fund.
Speke Training and Education Centre, STEC, is a registered charity, managed by an elected but voluntary committee, located off Speke Boulevard which provides educational and community social support to the immediate Halewood Estate and the wider Speke Community. Brock Carmichael volunteered and became involved with the organisation in 2014, initially providing capacity studies, project planning advice and architectural assistance on an ‘at cost’ or pro-bono basis.
The building is a former three storey office building. The first phase priority was to concentrate on creating new ‘presentable and attractive’ offices and meeting rooms within redundant parts of the building. This initial and potentially high risk investment allowed STEC to then rent out the individual spaces on a profitable basis, thus gaining a surplus income and raising the profile of the Centre.
The second phase with a budget of circa £1.3m, was to repair, redecorate the exterior envelope, install new double glazed windows, form a new attractive new main entrance and construct an external glazed lift shaft that created an identifiable ‘beacon’ for the Centre whilst providing accessibility to the upper floors, and also to install a new energy efficient boiler to supply the heating installation.