Woodside Ferry Terminal

Published 23rd August 2022

Situated at the heart of Birkenhead’s waterfront, Mersey Ferries’ Woodside Ferry Terminal boasts a wealth of history, with records documenting the existence of the Liverpool to Woodside ferry since 1318 under a charter given to the Prior of Birkenhead. Part of Wirral, Birkenhead is undergoing a huge regeneration which includes the maintenance and rejuvenation of the Town’s historic ferry terminal.

Our team was commissioned by Merseytravel to undertake condition surveys to evaluate the remedial works required to maintain the original timber structure of Woodside Ferry Terminal.

The terminal required a range of improvements and repairs for timber elements, encompassing the internal walkways, roofing joists, external and internal walls, mezzanine floors and overhangs. The improvements aimed to refurbish and repair the existing structure to prolong its operational life, as well as protecting against future deterioration.

Our experts provided recommendations which included repairing the waterproofing felt, as there was water ingress evident through the roof affecting the café within the mezzanine area. Further recommendations included replacing roofing joists and rotting areas of timber, as well as the application of marine-grade waterproof paint to the external facades to protect against further deterioration.
To solve the onsite drainage issues, we recommended new downpipes and overhangs to direct the flow of rainwater away from vulnerable elements once the guttering and gullies were cleaned out.

Client: Merseytravel