Official Ground-breaking Ceremony on Prescot Watch Factory Site

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

An official ground-breaking ceremony took place at the Prescot Watch Factory yesterday (Wednesday 10 June).

The 6.75-acre site, which was also home to Lord Derby’s Pals regiment during WWI, and later Tinling’s printers, is being developed for housing.

The former Lancashire Watch Factory scheme will include a complete restoration of the original Grade II listed factory building, and is comprised of an initial 70 new Extra Care homes with accompanying Extra Care facilities.

Residents have the choice from 54 one-and two-bed apartments or 10 two-bed bungalows, all of  which are available for affordable rent. There are also 6 two-bed bungalows available for shared ownership ,each property has been designed to cater for the future accessibility and care needs of those aged over 55.

The new centre will include state of the art Extra Care facilities at the site as well as up-to-date communal areas, such as a restaurant, a hairdressers and activity rooms.

Left-to-right: Cllr Andy Moorhead (KMBC), Ryan Cullen (Illiad), Bob Taylor (First Ark Group)

Knowsley Council CEO Mike Harden and council leader Cllr Andy Moorhead joined developers KHT and Iliad Group in celebrating the official ground-breaking on site of their landmark Albany Road regeneration project.

Guests from KHT, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and  Harbur Construction, were guided around the development to view progress made on building the foundations for two new wings which will extend from the rejuvenated factory.

The Watch Factory is expected to be completed by April 2016 and, following completion, will be owned and managed by KHT.

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