Nicholson Group Barrow Street
The group bought Barrow House from Barclays Bank in 2018

St Helens’ Barrow House completes

Dan Whelan

Sefton-based developer Nicholson Group, formerly Luxor Group, has completed its mixed-use development in the town centre.  

The scheme involved the refurbishment of the 34,500 sq ft Barrow House on Barrow Street and Bridge Street and is spilt into four parts. 

Nicholson Lofts provides 15 apartments and shop, while Nicholson House has been redeveloped into a further 18 apartments and four shop units. 

Nicholson Plaza and Nicholson Place offer a combined 28 apartments, two shop units and an office. 

Paul Nicholson, founder of the group, said demand for the final phase of the project, Nicholson Place, remained buoyant despite challenges presented by Covid-19. 

All 16 of the Nicholson Place apartments were sold off plan, he said. 

Nicholson added: “Nicholson Place [comprises] 16 high-end city living apartments. It’s very much in line with our attention to detail on interiors, bespoke to us.

“In addition, we’ve incorporated fingerprint and other pioneering technology not implemented in any other rental properties in the UK.” 

The Nicholson Group bought Barrow House from Barclays Bank for an undisclosed sum in 2018. 


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Are you sure this is the right building?
This can’t be from the 21st century surely?

By Dave

Er, read the 2nd para…..

By White Teeth

A building close to my heart.

Tyrers was the Harrods of St. Helens in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. A true independent boutique department store with a basement for menswear, ground floor for perfumery, and ladieswear on the 1st and 2nd floors. Topped off by a high-end cafe and hairdressing salon on the top floor.

Care was still taken to dress the windows in the latest fashions, distinct from the displays of Burtons, Top Man and Marks and Spencer. It was always a little bit special, and provided something that neighbouring Wigan and Warrington couldn’t match…despite their greater economic prosperity.

It stood defiant through the 2000s as the town centre around was reduced to charity shops, bookmakers, cash converters, and chain stores.

It now stands as a symbol of a local authority who could not, and cannot, bring any sustainable business to the town apart from tin shed logistics hubs and vape shops.

An absolute Class disgrace of a local authority, a Class 1 disgrace.

By North by North-West