WORK is set to get underway at the former BHS store on Chapel Street to transform the upper floors into apartments along with a roof top garden and terrace
The developer wants to turn the first, second and third floors of the building into 30 apartments, while a new roof terrace will be created on the top floor.
Plans were recently approved by the council for contractors to start initial repair works in September, which is expected to last around three months.
The creation of the apartments will then get underway in “early 2023” and will last between 12-18 months, with the whole transformation completed in July 2024.
Planning permission has already been granted by Sefton Council to convert the ground floor into the Huge Lounge cafe, which has already opened, in addition to a new pub and three retail units
In planning documents approved by Sefton Council, it states: “Priority works such as, immediate repair works to the building and removal and making good of the existing canopy should commence in September 2022 and are expected to last approximately three months.
“The construction works to create the flats are to commence early 2023 and are expected to last 12-18 months, with practical completion expected to be July 2024. The site will be set up sufficiently for the duration of the project.
“All works are to be done internally of the existing building and therefore no disruption to the street should happen.
“As the building is a non-designated heritage asset this will be taken into account when undertaking any construction works. All works to the building should be to enhance the character and appearance of the building the immediate conservation area.”
BHS closed down in 2016 in what was a huge blow for Chapel Street and the wider town centre.
The 19th century building has deteriorated in recent years, suffering from neglect and vandalism, to the point of being put on the ‘Heritage at Risk’ Register by Sefton Council.