A bistro and piazza will open at Prescot’s Market Place in January next year with construction work now under way on the Mark Wray Architects-designed project.
The £600,000 project forms part of the wider Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative, which has been funded by Knowsley Council and via the Heritage Lottery Fund. The scheme will feature a bistro and a piazza.
Mark Wray Architects and Seed Landscape Design was chosen following a global RIBA design competition, while the council started its search for an operator for the bistro space last year.
The piazza building will be run by Prescot-based MATE Productions, headed up by husband-and-wife Gaynor and Francesco La Rocca. Gaynor is artistic director at MATE while Francesco is a property lawyer with Weightmans.
The building will be run as a restaurant while the piazza will also feature events throughout the year including film nights, poetry nights, and an open-air cinema.
Contactor Armitage Construction has now begun work on site and is set to hand over early next year.
Gaynor La Rocca said: “We already have a long-standing relationship with Prescot which we consider to be our home. Our vision is to create a community cafe, a meeting place for friends, a creative space for activity, entertainment and conversation in the heart of Prescot. We plan to host a range of events that will animate and bring Market Place to life all year round.”
Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council, added: “The Townscape Heritage Initiative has already made fantastic improvements in the town through the restoration of many buildings and this particular project will bring about a huge change to the town centre. I’m looking forward to its completion and to Market Place becoming a thriving heartbeat of the town centre once again.”