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29-31 Eccleston Street, Prescot

The building is situated on main retail thoroughfare within the Prescot conservation area and owned by the ground floor retailer, Millican Opticians. The first and second floors have been unused for several years and fallen into a dilapidated state.

Back in 1997 the owner had applied for planning permission to convert the upper floors into four flats and a new shop front.  However, shortly into the project, the scheme stalled due to budget constraints with only the shop front being renewed.

In 2014, the owners obtained planning permission for a slightly different configuration of the flats (one flat gained an extra bedroom) and a new shop front.

The ground floor shop has now been given a facelift with the removal of the existing modern shop front and installation of new period timber shop front, a new ground floor door and gate leading onto Eccleston Street.

Works between the shop and upper floors included installation of new acoustic, thermal and fire insulation to ceilings and floors, structural floor repairs, fire-protected communal stairway.  Strengthening of structural ties between the floors and external walls were also necessary.   Windows were unable to be saved and therefore replaced to the first and second floor in keeping with original style.   Other exterior works include repairs to the brickwork, selective slate tiles, chimney stacks and cast rainwater goods.

The upper floors are now fully renovated and provide a two bedroom, and three one bedroom contemporary flats.

The project was supported by Prescot’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), including the Heritage Lottery Fund award, Empty Homes Cluster Fund and additional funding provided by Knowsley Council and the property owner.

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