Former school and theatre to be converted into apartments

Scarborough’s former Westwood School – which was home to the Grade II-listed Stephen Joseph Theatre – is to be turned into 28 one and two-bedroom apartments.

The multi-million pound contract for this project has been awarded to Infiniti Construction.

The building is the first major work by Scarborough architect Sir Edwin Cooper, who is said to have designed more buildings in the City of London than any architect since Sir Christopher Wren.

Six carved relief panels on the south side of the building are attributed to monumental and architectural sculptor Henry Charles Fehr.

As part of the property’s conversion, the space which once housed the theatre will become a co-working facility, with an open-plan work area, private meeting rooms and toilets.

The 12-month, full turnkey project for Liverpool-based Sino Developers NW Ltd will create work for about 50 part- and full-time trades jobs and follows other significant wins for Scarborough-based Infiniti Construction with redevelopment and refurbishment work on the town’s The Esplanade Hotel and The Bike & Boot Hotel.

Alex Willgrass and Marcus Rowe, Infiniti Construction directors, are working on the former Westwood School scheme alongside project manager Sharon Lester.

Willgrass said: “It is going to be a fantastic challenge for everyone here at Infiniti Construction to help enhance the fabric of one of the most architecturally and culturally significant buildings in the north of England, while creating modern, high quality, attractive, environmentally friendly living spaces.”