Central Buildings Crosby
The former Central Buildings were demolished in 2008

Crosby’s Central Buildings site primed for revamp

Dan Whelan

Developers Urban Generation Crosby and Penny Lane Builders, with housing association Plus Dane Housing, have submitted plans for the long-awaited redevelopment of the derelict town centre site north of Liverpool. 

The site used to house Crosby’s former Central Buildings, which were demolished in 2008, and has lain vacant for 13 years.

The application to Sefton Council proposes a four-storey development made up of 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments with retail units on the ground floor.  

The homes would be made available on affordable rental tenures, managed by Plus Dane Housing. 

Urban Generation Crosby is headed up by Michael Hanlon who is also listed as a director of Maghull Developments, the site’s former owner.

Maghull Developments was granted consent for a mixed-use scheme in 2006 but the project never came forward. 

Agencies Avison Young and Prime Retail marketed the site for sale last year at a guide price of £1m but a spokesperson for Avison Young said the firm was ultimately not involved in the sale and therefore it could provide no further information on the buyer. 

The architect for the latest project is Halsall Lloyd Partnership. 

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Hardly sympathetic to the surrounding town centre buildings is it?

By John Smith

That’s one very ugly appendage to the left of the building… Can we have some architecture that brings back some of the character of the old village please?!

By The Crows

Sorry, it’s on the right.. still very ugly whatever side…

By The Crows.

It’s a big slug of land that’s been blighting Crosby town centre for years, so its removal has to be welcomed. Need to see more of the design – particularly at street level – to get a better appreciation of the scheme’s worth. Ironic that it’s missed two booms and is now being redeveloped in the teeth of a slump…

By Sceptical

After ruining the village by demolishing half of it, Maghull…(oh sorry yeah Urban Generation Crosby) now want to mess it up more with another one of their half-arsed schemes….

By Crosby Resident

Just rubbish

By Acelius

In the great words of (RC, from Liverpool)….”Looks like a Building Surveyors designed this one!!!”
WHAT a mess, …….as if Crosby wasnt bad enough!!!!!

By Billy

Oh wow that’s a terrible design

By Anon

Crosby isnt north Liverpool. Its a town in its own right which lies between Southport and Bootle.

By Anonymous

Very stodgy design. Needs refinement, badly.


Crosby is a suburb, a nice suburb but still a suburb. Waterloo has more shops than Crosby village… And to be precise Crosby is the north end of Liverpool, we always have been and always will be.

By The Crows