Work has commenced on the redevelopment of a former HSBC building on Eccleston street in Prescot, Merseyside, that forms part of a wider £3.1m heritage-led regeneration project. Huddersfield headquartered construction firm Big Red is taking on the contract, led by Senior Contract Manager, Dan Clark, which will see the 100-year-old building converted into eight apartments and a bistro bar. The £800,000 contract will take around 40 weeks to complete.
The original bank was constructed during the 1920s by Midland Bank, under the Chairmanship of Reginald Mckenna. Whilst it is noted that the Midland Bank HQ and Piccadilly branch in London had Edwin Lutyen commissioned to design the buildings, the designer for the Eccleston street branch is unknown, although features similar stylistic traits as Lutyen’s designs. Big Red will honour the original features of the historic building, sticking to a similar design philosophy throughout the refit.
Big Red specialises in residential, retail and commercial, food pharma and health, and building management services, with a catalogue of experience in renovation projects such as The Beacon Centre, Manchester and Renaissance Works, Huddersfield.
Mike Lomas, Managing Director of Big Red Industries, said: “We’re really looking forward to this project. It’s always interesting working on buildings with historical architecture as they have a unique set of challenges and obstacles, but the end result is always satisfying. We’re keen to maintain the building’s historical integrity. I’m really excited to get started.”
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