A Liverpool fire and police station that was immortalised in the classic Beatles song Penny Lane is set to gain a new lease of life as housing.
Developer Torus Group has gained planning approval from the city council to redevelop the historic Allerton Fire & Police Station on Mather Road, which closed in 2015; making it the latest addition to the group’s portfolio of heritage sites.
Working with contractor HMS, the plan is to regenerate the site and build seven homes that will be made available via shared ownership. These include two three-bedroom semi-detached houses and two three-bedroom and three four-bedroom townhouses in the former fire station.
Alongside this, as part of the £8 million development, an independent living scheme for over 55s will be created in the defunct police station, seeing 40 apartments created for Affordable Rent.
Designed by Halsall Lloyd Partnership Architects, the project will involve sensitive restoration to preserve original features while providing contemporary homes.
“As a group with regeneration at its core, we’re working to transform disused local landmarks and repurpose them to meet the current and future needs of our communities and I’m delighted that planning permission has been granted,” said Chris Bowen, managing director of Torus Developments.
“This project will be managed sensitively from design to completion and will offer people access to great homes for many years to come.”
John Barrow, construction director at HMS, added: “Restoring Allerton Fire & Police Station will undoubtedly be as challenging as it will be rewarding. As a contractor, we have years of experience working on technically complex projects and this latest development will build on learnings gained through our time undertaking similar high-profile refurbishment projects such as our award-winning Ogden’s Factory refurbishment completed in 2018.”