Gibson House

THE conversion of an historic Wirral mansion into apartments continues with plans for two additional houses.

Work is well underway on the restoration of waterfront landmark Andrew Gibson House.

The Edwardian gem, in Wallasey, was built in 1906 for widows of retired seafarers.

After being left derelict for more 10 years work is underway to bring the building back to its original glory as well as the additions of a new build set of apartments and houses, under the working project name of Gibson Park.

Developer Prospect Capital, who bought the building in 2019, has now applied for planning permission for two more houses on the site to add to the current four houses currently with planning.

The site – previously owned by Nautilus Welfare Fund (NWF) – was sold to the current owner, property developer Prospect Capital, who purchased the site in November 2019.

Prospect Capital managing director and Wirral developer Craig Blackwell said “The restoration of Andrew Gibson House and the wider redevelopment of the site is now well underway, and we have been on site now for a good six months.

“It has been during an international pandemic, but we have managed to keep up momentum despite most of the economy being on lockdown.

“The construction industry has been lucky in that we could continue to work and phase one will be completed by the end of the Summer.

“The project will be ready by the Summer of 2022.”

Craig Blackwell added: “We are pleased to announce we have gone into planning for an additional two houses from Wirral Council.

“These houses will both be four-bed family homes and will be around 1500 sq. ft in size.

“We feel this then gives the whole development a great mix of residents. From families to first time buyers to those downsizing homes.

“A mix of the grand old house restored into apartments, mixed with some new build apartments and a cluster of houses.”

Restoration of Gibson Park, as the development is to be known, and the reopening of the grand Edwardian architecture of Andrew Gibson House will add to the renaissance underway along the Wirral waterfront, complementing the recent investments along the Egremont Promenade and around New Brighton, and taking advantage of its majestic position overlooking Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.