Clock Tower apartments completed

Work to restore and convert a Grade 2-listed section of the former Macclesfield hospital into 36 flats has been completed and will officially open next Friday.

The Clock Tower project is providing a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and is part of a £30m development in the area. The first tenants are expected to move in within weeks, following the official opening on 14 October.

Clock Tower in MacclesfieldThe Homes & Communities Agency provided more than £2.4m funding to enable the project to go ahead.

The Clock Tower was sold to Plus Dane Group and the project was delivered by Blackpool-based developer Keyworker Homes.

The work forms part of a 6.5-acre redevelopment of redundant land by Keyworker Homes, which bought the land from East Cheshire NHS Trust, and Cheshire East Council and will see a mixture of retail, office and crèche space.

David Rutley, a Conservative councillor and Member of Parliament for Macclesfield, who is officially opening the Clock Tower apartments, said: "The Clock Tower is an important development and positive proof of the hard work that is going on to strengthen Macclesfield's economy and revitalise the town. It is very impressive that different organisations are working together to bring such benefits to Macclesfield and I am delighted to be able to support that work."

Alan Miller, head of business development at Plus Dane, a housing association responsible for more than 12,500 homes in Cheshire and Merseyside, added: "For many years there was restricted access to this lovely old building, so now local people can see it for the hidden gem that it is."

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