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Planning permission secured for Bootle tower block refurb

A Liverpool-based healthcare developer has secured planning permission for the refurbishment of a 16-storey tower block in Bootle.

VVHC’s project, to be delivered in partnership with registered housing provider One Vision Housing, part of the Sovini Group, will see the empty Irlam House (pictured) transformed into a new hub for the care of local elderly people.

The building on Church Walk, which had been earmarked for demolition, will be reclad and fitted with new community facilities on two additional penthouse floors, including a communal lounge and top floor restaurant.

Residents will also benefit from viewing decks, a gym and yoga room, cinema room, craft rooms and beauty therapy rooms – with neighbouring residents encouraged to use the facilities, which the developer hopes will become a community hub.

How the refurbished tower will look.

Roy Kenny, chief executive of VVHC, says planning permission from Sefton Council means the firm can “raise the bar” in south Sefton in terms of care standards and performance.

All local qualifying residents, irrespective of their landlord, will be offered the option to be transferred to one of the 90 purpose-designed apartments.

Work is set to start on site this summer with completion expected in autumn of 2020.

The finished scheme will provide 20 end-user jobs, with more than 100 construction jobs using contractor Carroll Build’s local supply chain during the refurbishment phase.

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