Developer readies Eccles scheme for 2020 finish

Goodwin Property Holdings has launched sales on The Lyceum, its redevelopment of the former Crown Theatre in Eccles into 82 apartments.

Known originally as the Lyceum and then the Crown, the 1890s grade two-listed building was last used as a theatre in the 1930s and was later used as a bingo hall, but has been derelict for 20 years. Following its redevelopment, it will house 82 one and two-bedroom apartments, with completion set for the final quarter of 2020.

The project has been acquired by Goodwin from Derby-registered business Foregate, and will be delivered by sister business Goodwin Construction Group. Place understands that site clearance and the erection of hoardings will take place soon as the build programme takes shape. The project’s overall development value is £13m.

Richard Goodwin, managing director of Goodwin, said: “As a family-run business from humble beginnings, we’re extremely proud to bring this historic building back to life and continue to provide the highest quality development and construction services to the market.” The business also has interests in Liverpool’s Parliament Street and The Mews in Knutsford.

The project was taken through the planning process by Foregate, with designs by Shrewsbury architect Ochre Building Design. The application proposed the demolition of all but the existing structure of the theatre, and replacement of the dilapidated buildings to the rear with a new-build eight-storey mixed-use development. The former theatre foyer was proposed for use as a 1,900 sq ft unit, to house a small business unit or a shop.

These plans were submitted in late 2018 and approved by Salford City Council in February. They represent the latest proposal for the site, where consent was granted in 2008 for a facade retention and demolition of the majority of the building, to be replaced with apartments, in September 2008 – a scheme that was never progressed.

A plan to demolish the entire building was then put forward in 2015, but plans were withdrawn following consultations with the council and Historic England.

Goodwin said that those looking to purchase an apartment at The Lyceum for investment purposes will benefit from full management with a 7% net rental return.


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Wow can’t believe they were thinking of demolishing this building.
Eccles seems to be getting a lot of attention lately… thank God!

By Flump

Great idea.

By Elephant

Another investor funded scheme to a developer with less than straightforward history

By Alan

1 bedroom flat, in Eccles, with management fees included and they are guaranteeing a 7% NET rental return. It isnt happening! I’d be amazed if this project finishes. Good luck!

By Eccles Man

Looks fabulous

By Tc

Will the Development include 82 car park spaces ?

By Eric from Eçcles

Great news. About time something was done with it. The design looks great to be fair how they’re preserving the front. Such a stunning building deserves a new lease of life!

By Claire

At least they aren’t knocking it down as per usual with the leaders in Eccles. If it will make money, that’s all these Lot are interested in. It’s what’s best for their pockets, not what’s best for the people.

By Pauline Graham

Great to see something finally being done with this building!
Credit to the developers for taking this project on where others wouldn’t.

By Manchester Resident

Not confident of this scheme or developer. Victoria House, Exchange in Bradford and the mess at Grove House in Manchester would suggest so too

By Julie

Over egged

By Toryboy

Its a lovely looking building, glad its not going to be demolished., hoping there will be adequate parking facilities for the amount of flats/apartments theh develop it into.,
Just what Eccles needs, there are other buildings similar to this one that are empty, they need to keep the old buildings and redesign them from the inside out.

By Helen Wadsworth

Pinnacle contractor, careful due diligence required

By Mick

Been empty far to long so how can they keep the building needs knocking down its so dangerous now surprised no one been hurt

By Norma Charnley

I see nobody has given much consideration for the 20 generations of pigeons

By Eccles Waters

About time something was done with what was once a great building. It’s disgusting the way it’s been left to rot. Shame on everyone concerned.

By Eileen Leigh

The theatre use to be the meca of turn of the century music Hall in Manchester
Better flats than a eyesore

By Stuart

What are the plans for parking ? As a local resident with a disability , parking is already awkward in the area and if it gets any worse as a long standing Eccles resident , i will be leaving the area

By Alison

It looks amazing, it really does and let’s hope it’s done well!! But I’ve heard only 20 carparking places are to put at the back…. That then leaves a hell of alot of cars to be parked… I live across the way and hope to god I will still be able to park outside my home.

By Leanne

Will parking for the residents of these appartments be incorporated in the plans?

By Vania Burnell

Finally,they are going to give this wonderful building a new lease of life.
it is disgusting that it has been left all these years falling into disrepair.

By Anonymous

no, not enough adequate parking but at least all the noise residents made about saving it came into fruition, kind of….I mean it says completion late 2020? we’re half way through 2019, nothings been done, it looks as awful as it has always done, shabby fences, parts of the roof now falling off into Mather road daily. not one workman/organiser/owner on site or visited the site in years. we were told it would possibly take 3 years to build and all the concerns in the objections would be in hand and not to worry. pushed through planning with no ammendments or consideration. I find it hard to believe this is going to happen, if it does it will remain empty as no one round here needs 1 bedroom flats at extortionate rates or I guess nothing gets done and same old same old until someone dies. what a legacy.

By Bree

~~~~Official Statement~~~~ from Richard Goodwin
on behalf of Goodwin Construction Group & Goodwin Property Holdings

Dear All,

Unfortunately we cannot stop bad press – what we can do is be transparent to our clients.

This project investors and buyers are protected by insurances and strict due diligence from both their solicitors and our trustee. Our sales director Adam Ross can guide our clients through this process.

We are a transparent, professional and trustworthy group of companies. It is our family name above the door and our names under companies house and we welcome people face to face who wish to do business with our company.

Unfortunately we were also caught up in Pinnacle collapse and we are also owed money which due to the administration we will never see again. But we paid all our sub-contractors and clients in full, we used our own money to pay for Grove House to complete we will never see it again. We are in talks with the administrators to buy Grove freehold and I hope this shows that we trust our buildings that we have built. Grove House Phase 1 was delivered under budget and a month early along with Hyde Park Road Leeds. Xchange our client ran out of funding and we are still owed a considerable sum of monies. If anyone wishes to go through this I am happy to meet in our HQ and be transparent about it as we are doing now with legal representatives of the administrators helping them.

We have now moved the business on 2 years later with 10 well known respected clients delivering projects in Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire along with our own developments which are selling before they are built with bespoke homes.

The Lyceum Manchester advantages
-Goodwin will be retaining apartments for rental so we are in it together
-Insurance backed on deposit monies
-Bank funding already agreed for the construction
-Our clients speak to one company with one goal to deliver not different companies with different objectives
-Goodwin Construction Group has a proven delivery with a number of clients we can also build without profit attached to lower risk
-Transparent, Professional and Trustworthy
-Trusted partners and professionals who are dealing with the scheme
-Trustee MP who is the bank account holder impartial between the parties
-Professional management team

We welcome anyone asking questions and carrying out strict due diligence which we will assist in.

Please contact Adam Ross or myself for any questions and queries and we will be happy to help.

I look forward to delivering this scheme, helping the local community and bringing this project back to life.

Yours faithfully

Richard Goodwin
Managing Director
Goodwin Construction Group
Goodwin Property Holdings

By Richard Goodwin

Glad they’re doing something with it as its an eye sore.

By koko

where are all the spaces for the extra cars to park in the area ?

By p rogers

Let’s not forget that it also was a cinema, and a good one, too.

By Ben Morris

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