£2m scheme to convert former music shop to residential and commercial use

The Dawsons store in Warrington

A former music shop in Warrington will be converted to create a £2m residential scheme

The Dawsons shop, on Sankey Street, is being delivered by IP Properties, which has appointed Priestley Construction to the scheme.

Part of the Priestley Group, the firm specialises in refurbishing historic buildings and delivering high quality finishes.

This project is in addition to The Old Post Office on Palmyra Square, where the contractor is delivering an aparthotel and Museum Street where 27 apartments are being delivered through a mixture of new build and conversion. This brings the total under construction in Warrington by Priestley Construction to circa £10m.

The former Dawsons premises will have the upper floors and rear of the building fully converted and will deliver 14 new apartments to further enhance town centre living within Warrington. The ground floor will contain an office as well as two retail units.

The scheme is situated in the heart of the town centre Sankey Street, with the Golden Square shopping centre on the doorstep as well as rail stations, Warrington Central and Warrington Bank being a 10-minute walk away, providing direct services to Liverpool, Manchester and London.

Bob Priestley, head of construction at Priestley Construction, said: “Warrington is currently undergoing some major regeneration.

“The convenient location and connections to other cities make it one of the North West’s desirable places to live and work. We currently have two further projects in The Old Post Office and Museum Street in Warrington that are offering residential and commercial opportunities and we feel that this contract win with IP Properties will permit us to deliver further high quality apartments.”

Danny Inman, of IP Properties, said: “Renovating town centre buildings improves the quantity and quality of homes in the area. Bringing buildings like these back to life enhances town centre appeal and positions Warrington as a desirable alternative to surrounding alternative cities.”

The construction programme commences in March, with completion expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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