New homes are rising from the ashes of a derelict, fire-bombed pub.
The former Cygnet public house in Birkenhead, once a popular hostelry in the 1970s and 1980s, is being transformed into stylish flats for rent.
The Regenda Group housing association says their newly named Cygnet Court development will offer much needed affordable housing and help to regenerate the local area.
After rescuing the landmark building on Watson Street, Regenda also saved the pub’s distinctive cygnet tile mosaic, which has since been incorporated inside the new building.
“Local people are already telling us how delighted they are that the eyesore has gone and the old pub is getting a new lease of life. Pubs are located in the heart of our communities and, when a development opportunity like this arises, they can really help us to regenerate local neighbourhoods,” said Martin Davies, Regenda’s director of development.
The Cygnet once stood in the shadow of high rise flats and was part of a thriving local community. More recently the building stood empty and derelict and in 2013 it was targeted by arsonists who caused extensive damage.
Once the site was acquired by Regenda, in partnership with Wirral Council and local building contractor Price Street Developments Ltd, work began to convert it into 14 one and two bedroom flats.
Cygnet Court is expected to be completed by New Year, with the first residents moving in early January.
So, if you have always wanted to live in a pub you will need to hurry before the last orders are taken!