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St Modwen sold Telegraph House to Crossfield in May for £1m

Crossfield to build £15m Crosby mixed-use block

Sarah Townsend

The company proposes to redevelop Telegraph House on Moor Lane into a 67,000 sq ft scheme with retail on the ground floor and three floors of apartments for older people, after buying the property last month.

Crossfield Exclusive Developments purchased the 18,700 sq ft retail and office building from regeneration company St Modwen at the end of May for £1m.

Telegraph House is the last of St Modwen’s Crosby assets to be sold after the company appointed property agency Lambert Smith Hampton to dispose of its Crosby Village assets last March.

Developer Crossfield, whose managing director is Crosby-born David Cain, has appointed Liverpool-based architect Studio RBA to draw up designs for the four-storey block, but no drawings are available yet.

The intention is to attract a “high-quality retailer or food shop” to occupy the ground-floor commercial space and build senior living apartments on the floors above, ranging from one-to-two-bedroom flats.

The developer intends to submit a planning application by October and start on site by next April subject to consent. Construction work is to be carried out by Crossfield Construction, a division of Crossfield Group.

Cain and his business partner, Crossfield director David Ayem, said they hope to attract more footfall to Crosby Village, “which has struggled in recent years”.

“Crosby means a lot to me,” said Cain. “I have happy memories of growing up here and I’ve still got plenty of family in the area.

“I know that, like many places, Crosby Village has struggled in recent years and Covid-19 will have even more of an impact on high street footfall.

“I want to play my part in helping Moor Lane continue to be a vibrant part of Crosby, where people come to live, shop and socialise for many years to come.”

The scheme is also intended to deliver new homes for Crosby. Sefton Council claims that 73 new homes must be built in Crosby each year keep up with local demand.

Ayem added: “We know that the council has identified a requirement for one- and two-bedroom homes suitable for older people and aim to meet that need.”

Law firm TLT advised Crossfield on its purchase of Telegraph House.

 

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Excellent! I’d prefer the flats to be more mixed tenure, but there’s a clear market for older people in this part of Crosby. Let’s get the best design possible, and try and get that quality convenience store beneath. This block is an island, so should be possible to get good access to the right sort of store. Pleased you’re not forgetting Crosby David. I’ve admired your progress in the city centre, good luck with this one, and let’s get it right for Crosby.

By The Crows

We are very interested in the retirement flats, hope work starts soon. Well done

By Fran & Les

Thank you for working on this awful last part of Crosby village , I have lived nearby for 10 years and have seen it go in decay. Hope the Plans can be seen by local people. Good luck with it.

By J Grundy