Birkenhead Priory

Paragon wins restoration contracts

St Helens-based Paragon Construction Group has been appointed by Wirral Council to carry out refurbishment and restoration work on two tourist attractions; Birkenhead Priory and the Williamson Art Gallery.

Birkenhead Priory is a Scheduled Ancient Monument dating from the 12th century and the oldest standing building in Merseyside. The £650,000 restoration work involves essential repair of original stonework, creation of improved access and external iron work upgrades.

Work at the Williamson Art Gallery, also in Birkenhead valued at £850,000, involves creating two extensions within the internal quadrangle, upgrading and refurbishing existing exhibition space, and providing additional facilities including cafe, toilets and improved access.

Work on both projects is expected to be completed in December 2012.

Paul Barrow, managing director of Paragon, said: "We're delighted to be involved in enhancing two such significant buildings and ensuring their continued and successful use for the future."

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