Plans to convert a former Wirral Council building into a new student accommodation complex have been revealed.
Liverpool-based developer YPG has submitted an application to transform the local authority’s former site on the corner of Cleveland Street and Adelphi Street in Birkenhead.
If approved the development, which would be known as the ‘Hamilton Hub’, would provide homes for those studying at a new Marine Education and Training Centre being built in the borough as part of the Mersey Maritime Knowledge Hub.
Close to Hamilton Square, the proposed apartment complex would accommodate some 200 students and would also feature a secret garden and rooftop extension as well as communal facilities for residents such as a gym.
A roof top extension would be added to the existing building, taking it from two and three storeys to between three and five storeys.
The proposals are expected to be considered by Wirral Council’s planning committee during the coming weeks and, if given the green light, work could begin on site during early 2018.
Ming Yeung, managing director of YPG, says: “Our research tells us there is a real appetite for this kind of student and key worker accommodation in the centre of Birkenhead, partly because of the city region’s excellent cross-river transport links.
“This site is very close to Hamilton Square and in a prominent position so its reinvention as a high quality apartment block will be another step in the regeneration of the wider area.”
Councillor Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, adds: “This is yet more proof that Birkenhead is once again becoming the vibrant, thriving town we all remember.
“We welcome developments such as this and, through the new growth company we are well on the road to getting off the ground, it will be the next in a long line of exciting developments which will transform Birkenhead’s economy, creating a high quality offer for skills, retail and leisure in a prime location on our waterfront.”
Mersey Maritime Knowledge Hub is being developed by Wirral Council in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, Mersey Maritime and Peel Ports.
The Marine Education and Training Centre is designed to develop world-leading specialist education and training programmes, drawing upon the research strengths of the university and close relationships with the maritime industries.