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Longstanding members, Beech Group, help Mersey Maritime prepare for biggest event in their history

By Mersey Maritime

Ahead of a visit by HRH The Princess Royal to Mersey Maritime on Friday 17th September 2021, the Liverpool City Region’s maritime cluster organisation turned to one of its most trusted and longstanding partners to help with a major uplift of its premises at short notice. Beech Group, led by Chris Wainwright who is a familiar and popular face at Mersey Maritime events throughout the year, responded quickly to the call to action to undertake a deep clean of the building, both internally and externally, and give a fresh paint finish to the whole of the outside of the recognisable HQ on Vanguard Way, Birkenhead.

Beech Group was founded in 1963 and is based in The Foundry Business Centre, Birkenhead. They are a leading multi-disciplinary company with a rich heritage in the construction sector. They offer a wide range of specialist services including demolition, asbestos surveying and removal, CDM H&S consulting, scaffolding, industry training, site remediation/investigation and geo-environmental services.

Commenting, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke, said:

“Beech Group are a fantastic company with whom we are proud to have such a long-standing and deep relationship. They were one of the first businesses I engaged with when I joined Mersey Maritime more than nine years ago and our work together has gone from strength to strength. When we learnt of the visit of HRH The Princess Royal to our Maritime HQ in Birkenhead, we knew there was one company we could turn to and rely on to help us upgrade our premises and make them perfect for the most significant visit our organisation has received in its 20 year history. Chris and his team under Dave McCue responded quickly and with the professional service that is their hallmark. We are indebted to them for their support in making Her Royal Highness’s time with us run so smoothly and in suitable surroundings.”

Chris Wainwright, Managing Director of Beech Group, said:

“People often don’t realise the growing breadth and depth of the services that Beech Group has to offer. Our expertise isn’t just in the highly specialised demolition and other construction related services we offer to the whole industry, including port operators and other heavy activities. We are proud to be nimble and diverse in our operational activities and to offer our clients the very best possible service.  Five years ago we were able to help Mersey Maritime with a major refurbishment of the Maritime Knowledge Hub so we were delighted to get the call from Chris with the ask to respond quickly and further upgrade the offices for this prestigious visit. It was a great honour to then have the opportunity to speak with The Princess Royal as part of a memorable day.”

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Longstanding members, Beech Group, help Mersey Maritime prepare for biggest event in their history