A heritage building in the Liverpool City Region has been saved from demolition after Wirral Council struck up a rescue deal with developers.
Andrew Gibson House, a former home for retired seafarers in Wirral, will be converted into modern apartments as part of a joint venture between the local authority and Prospect Capital.
The building has lain vacant since previous owner Nautilus Welfare Trust deemed it no longer fit to meet its requirements, and was under threat from bulldozers.
However, plans have now been tabled to transform the historic landmark into contemporary apartments beside an all-new residential development and a dedicated home for the mariner’s charity that was formerly based there.
Councillor Adrian Jones, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for resources, finance, assets and technology, says: “I am delighted to be able to say that, working in partnership with the developers and owners of this historic site, we’ve found a solution that works for every party including, importantly, the local residents.
“Residents have been telling us that they want to see the building saved. The development will provide new housing, new investment and a new home for some of our most vulnerable local people, in line with the pledges we’ve made as part of our 2020 Vision for Wirral.”
A planning application for the development work is expected to be submitted this summer.