Work begins on the apartments of the former Dawsons Music store

WORK is about to start on a new £2million apartment development in one of Warrington town centre’s most historic outlets.

Priestley Construction has been appointed to carry out the project in the former Dawsons Music Building on Sankey Street by IP Properties Limited.

The program will see the creation of 14 new apartments on the upper and rear floors of the premises, with an office and two commercial units on the ground floor.

Construction is expected to begin next month and be completed in the last quarter of 2022.

Dawsons was first founded in the city in 1898, but the Sankey Street store closed in 2019 and has been vacant ever since.

The Sankey Street store in the 1910s

The business has been through a turbulent period in recent years, having been sold in September last year after going into administration twice in 16 months.

Danny Inman of IP Properties said: “We are delighted to award Priestley Construction the contract for this town center development.

“Having worked with them before, we are aware of the high quality they offer.

“The renovation of buildings in the city center improves the quantity and quality of housing in the district.

“Bringing buildings like these to life enhances the appeal of the town center and positions Warrington as a desirable alternative to surrounding alternative towns.”

Leeds-based Priestley Construction has also been appointed to create an aparthotel in the former Springfield Street post office, as well as a 27-apartment development in the former art school Warrington Collegiate on Museum Street.

And the latest deal sees the company’s contracts in the borough rise to around £10m.

Construction manager Bob Priestley added: “Warrington is currently undergoing a major regeneration.

“The convenient location and connections to other towns make it one of the Northwest’s most desirable places to live and work.

“We currently have two further projects in the Old Post Office and Museum Street in Warrington which offer residential and commercial opportunities, and we believe this contract win with IP Properties will allow us to deliver further high quality apartments.”

Alice P. Darby