Acting for planning consultants, Indigo on behalf of property development company, Prospect Capital, our transport specialists in Manchester have contributed to the successful planning application to support the redevelopment of Andrew Gibson House, a landmark maritime building in Wallasey, on the Wirral, which will provide a total of 136 homes on a 2.8 acre site.
Andrew Gibson House was built for the widows of retired seafarers. Derelict for over a decade, it is owned by charitable trust Nautilus Welfare Fund. The plans submitted to Wirral Council by Prospect Capital are to renovate the House to provide 34 apartments and for the two-storey lodge fronting Blenheim Road to be refurbished and extended into housing.
In addition, the plans include four new standalone houses and three new apartment blocks built to the side and rear of Andrew Gibson House. The first of these new blocks, comprising 26 apartments and a communal lounge, will provide extra care housing for retired mariners.
Hydrock delivered the Transport Assessment and the Travel Plan for the redevelopment plans that supported the successful planning submission, acting as part of the professional consultancy team alongside Liverpool-based architect, Space Plus, Indigo, Clancy Consulting, The Environment Partnership and Bowland Tree Consultancy.
Speaking about our role, Chris Rushton, Principal Consultant in Hydrock’s Manchester-based transport team, said: “This has been an interesting project to work on. There has understandably been strong local feeling with respect to the decline of this building, so the success of the planning submission is a positive outcome that will enable this landmark building to be brought back into active use. It will provide much needed residential accommodation in the area, including for retired seafarers, reflecting in part it’s original and historic use.”
Craig Blackwell, Managing Director of Prospect Capital, said: “Nobody wanted to see this building demolished, and as a local, I was keen to work with Nautilus and Wirral Council to see whether a deliverable scheme, acceptable to all parties, could be brought forward.
“There has been fantastic goodwill and co-operation. I’m delighted that it has won the backing of councillors and the local community, and I would like to thank my consultancy team who have helped with the planning submission for the scheme.”
The new build elements will offer great views across the River Mersey to the ever expanding Liverpool docks and city centre, while the conversion of Andrew Gibson House and the lodge will be sensitive to the existing non-designated heritage assets, whilst the proposed new houses and apartments will be distinctive in their design to enhance the local area.