Developer Blueoak Estates has unveiled plans to build 32 luxury apartments on the site of a former Merseyside fire station. Tony McDonough reports
Luxury homes builder Blueoak Estates is submitting plans to develop 32 new apartments on the site of a former Merseyside fire station.
Blueoak Estates says the building in Grange Road in West Kirby has been vacant for the past five years. The apartments will be set across three linked buildings ranging from three to four-and-a-half storeys in height.
All ground floor homes will include patio areas with most of the upper floor flats having private balconies. The development’s parking allocation will include six electric vehicle charging points and cycle storage.
Iain Maclean, managing director of Blueoak Estates, said: “This is a fantastic development proposal that makes great use of these derelict buildings, sensitively redeveloping and restoring them to create one, two and three bedroom quality homes that will appeal to a range of budgets.
“There is a shortage of homes in the borough and this will support the council and Government in meeting national and local targets in terms of housing provisions.”
Blueoak Estates has established a track record in acquiring abandoned buildings and redeveloping them for residential use. In October the company revealed it had raised £14m from a complete sell-out of four of its latest developments – two of which are in Wirral.
It saw14 apartments snapped up at its ‘rightsizer’ developments at Sandstone House and Carrington House in Heswall. In Chester, the company sold all five apartments at Lancaster Square, including a luxury penthouse and three-storey triplex.
The most expensive came with a £500,000 price tag. Also in Chester, Concorde House, a development comprising 32 apartments located in the Northgate Quarter have now all been sold.
Iain added: “We will continue to work closely with Wirral Council’s planning team while consulting with local community members to ensure we create a development that enhances the appeal and aesthetic of the town centre, whilst delivering much needed homes.”