Liverpool schemes approved at committee

The £8m refurbishment of Marwood Tower by Liverpool Mutual Homes and the development of new headquarters for the Merseyside Society for Deaf People by Simons Group have been approved by Liverpool City Council.

The design by John McCall Architects will see Marwood Tower, a currently vacant block between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road, overhauled to provide 81 apartments for over-55s. The last residents moved out in February 2013 to make way for redevelopment.

LMH plans to completely refurbish 57 flats and build 24 new apartments providing a mixture of one- and two-bed apartments.

There would be an all-weather bowling green, outdoor gym, raised planters, a green living wall and climbing plants.

At Queens Drive in Stoneycroft, Simons Group's project on the two-acre site will see the demolition of a building currently occupied by the Merseyside Society for Deaf People to allow for the development of three-storey headquarters for the charity, alongside a 9,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer Simply Food store and a 16,500 sq ft Aldi.

HOW Planning advised Simons Group. Harris Partnership is the architect.

The projects were approved by the council at its latest planning committee meeting on Tuesday 27 January. Other schemes approved at the meeting included the construction of 35 homes on the site of the former New Heys School in Heath Road, part of a wider development by Redrow.

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