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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Demolition to clear way for apartments and shops

Demolition work will start this week to clear the way for a four-storey complex with apartments and shops on Whitehaven’s harbourside.

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Going...: The dilapidated building is being demolished to make way for apartments and shops

Two Victorian houses, which sit next to the Old Pumphouse, will be flattened to make way for the development.

Permission was originally granted for the scheme on Bardywell Lane in 2008 and when the deadline for work to be carried out nearly expired, Park Portfolio successfully applied for a three-year extension.

Around six weeks ago, west Cumbrian company Roewood Construction Ltd bought the land from the Nottingham-based company.

It is pressing ahead with the plans but owner of the company, Pat Roe, said he was unsure whether penthouses, bars and restaurants would still feature in the final design, but there would be a coffee shop and 12 apartments.

“We are hoping to start demolition this week,” said Mr Roe. “It will take around a year before the development is open, but there has been a lot of interest in the apartments, which will be high-spec, already.”

Mr Roe looked into buying the site a year ago, but because of the economic climate, decided against it. He believes the time is now right to press ahead.

The News & Star has reported that another company owned by Mr Roe, Viaduct Hotels Ltd, was to transform Workington’s Viaduct Hotel, on Falcon Street, which has been empty for nearly two decades after being ravaged by fire. The Grade II listed building will be transformed into three apartments and two houses.

Mr Roe said work was expected to begin next month.

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