The planned redevelopment of Hoylake’s former town hall has been given a major boost by the government.
Hylgar Properties was given permission last August to turn the building into a home for a cinema, café, restaurant, creative offices and studio spaces.
The government has announced a major injection of cash for 11 coastal projects in the North West – £9.8 million from the Coastal Communities Fund and almost £224,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund.
Hylgar has been awarded £3.64m and Hoylake Village Life CIC given £37,500 for the Beacon Arts Village vision, which will also include a new five-storey building housing 40 apartments.
As part of the project, the Edwardian town hall building, including the original fire engine house entrance, will be retained.
The development has been supported by a local group of committed volunteers known as the Beacon Steering Group which has helped facilitate public consultation and create a scheme that will work for the area.
Jake Berry MP, Northern Powerhouse and coastal communities minister, says: “This is an investment in the future of the Northern Powerhouse and our coastal communities which builds on their rich heritage and huge potential.
“The world-class attractions and innovative businesses supported by the Coastal Community Fund and the Coastal Revival Fund will increase tourism, encourage investment and ensure people thrive up and down the Great British coast.”