The project will provide a new fire station, apartments and shops on the corner of Beech Street and Prescot Road which was once occupied by the Silver Blades ice rink. The Beech Street site is one of Kensington Regeneration’s flagship projects and follows several years of enabling work, acquiring properties and preparing the land.
The £9.5-million scheme has been planned and funded by Kensington Regeneration in partnership with developers CTP, Liverpool City Council, Riverside Housing Association and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. Kensington Regeneration has invested £3.5 million in the development, which will be an important focal point for the local community.
Andrew Kingsley of developers CTP said:
“CTP is glad to be working alongside Kensington Regeneration and Liverpool City Council on this important scheme within the heart of Kensington.
“We are pleased to be bringing in several new occupiers who will immediately benefit the Kensington district, including a new purpose-built fire station for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, 28 new apartments for Riverside Housing Association and new shops including a new Iceland store.”
The fire station will replace the existing station at Low Hill. It will house the same resources but will also be a modern community fire station with facilities that can be used by local residents and groups. This will help raise awareness of fire safety in the community and build stronger links with residents.
Cllr Peter Millea, Liverpool City Council’s Executive Member for Assets and Development, said:
“This development will be a fitting legacy of the work of Kensington Regeneration. It will provide real benefits to the community, introducing new shops and apartments into the area as well as a state-of-the art fire station, and contribute greatly to Kensington’s revival.”