Robertson is constructing a Training Centre for the Salvation Army on the famous Strawberry Field site in Woolton, Liverpool. The centre will provide specialist care for up to 40 young adults with disabilities in Liverpool and will help to deliver educational, cultural and spiritual training.

A Salvation Army children’s home on the site was the inspiration for John Lennon and the 1967 Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

The project is being delivered with the built environment consultancy Curtins, Hoskins Architects and Gleeds property and construction consultants.

The 14,400 square foot, steel framed, two-storey building will include activity spaces, catering facilities, a community café and offices. It will be clad in natural timber and brick to blend with wooded areas in the surrounding landscape, which will be retained.

There will also be a visitor centre, exhibition space and gift shop on site. This will explore the story of the site as a place of peace and refuge, the song it inspired and John Lennon’s early life.

There are plans to display the site’s original gates in the exhibition space, which are recognised by the council as “an important cultural asset”, due to their association with The Beatles song.

Thomas Burfitt-Williams, Head of Capital Projects at the Salvation Army, said: “Robertson demonstrated community experience with an awareness of the great importance The Salvation Army attaches to the long-term success of this project for generations to come, both as a centre of learning and discovery, and as a place of cultural significance for Liverpool and the wider world.”

 

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