A former council treasury building in Birkenhead is set to be transformed with help from an organisation involved with the success of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.
Plans for the “overlooked gem” adjacent to Hamilton Square include office units, a café bar and an outdoor courtyard space.
Wirral company Make Hamilton Square, run by Make CIC, which offers similar workspaces in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle and Ten Streets areas, will open a cultural hub which will provide space for local artists and makers, and will act as an incubator for creative start-up businesses looking for a “dynamic environment”.
The move is part of the council’s ambition to develop its ‘meanwhile use’ offer and maximise assets such as the treasury annexe building, which has largely remained vacant since most council staff were relocated in 2018.
Councillor Christine Spriggs, cabinet member for culture and tourism at Wirral Council, says: “This is a really exciting step in helping rebuild the vibrancy of the town centre and Hamilton Square, while at the same time creating a space for local creatives, as well as start-up companies.
“This building is an overlooked gem, adjacent to the historic square, close to transport links and in the heart of Birkenhead, which we want to use to its full potential. It is envisaged that the project will act as a catalyst for future meanwhile use projects and wider creative regeneration, aligned to our growth ambitions.”
The transformation is being supported through a £23,000 grant and five-year meanwhile use lease from Wirral Council.
Liam Kelly, founder & CEO of social enterprise Make CIC, adds: “We’re really excited to have the opportunity to extend the social impact of Make CIC. As a social enterprise, it’s our mission to remove barriers for people to be involved in culture, creativity and the arts.
“There has been a resurgence in people making things and an ever-increasing opportunity for people to set up on their own. We’ve discovered an important ingredient for their success is to be with other people, in a hive of activity – this is what we’ll create in Hamilton Square.”