Hoylake’s former town hall is to become a new “creative catalyst” under proposals approved by Wirral Council.
The local authority has green-lit plans from Hylgar Properties to turn the building into a home for a cinema, café, restaurant, creative offices and studio spaces.
Design for the project – known as The Beacon – has come from Liverpool architectural practice Falconer Chester Hall and will see the historic Edwardian town hall in Hoylake refurbished and retained.
The development has been supported by a local group of volunteers known as the Beacon Steering Group which has helped facilitate public consultation and create a scheme that it hopes will work for the area.
Adam Hall, managing director of Falconer Chester Hall, says: “This is a genuinely innovative and welcome scheme which reinvigorates a local landmark building into a variety of creative uses and helps meet the demand for good quality accommodation in the area. It will also bring new jobs and investment.”
The scheme is expected to create up to 60 new jobs in the development and the local supply chain as well as establishing a new destination in the heart of Hoylake town centre.
Chris Moore CBE, secretary of the Hoylake Conservation Area, adds: “We are delighted to see such an imaginative and sympathetic scheme setting out to conserve and enhance these iconic buildings and bring them back into community use.”