Work has begun to transform a prestigious building on Liverpool’s Strand on the waterfront into 135 apartments over 10 storeys including two penthouses.

Brock Carmichael was called in to refresh the designs and has been working with Primesite Developments on the £26 million conversion of the former Ministry of Defence offices vacated in 2007. An additional two storeys have been added to the building in line with similar buildings nearby, which will house two luxury penthouses. Strand Plaza is in the Unesco World Heritage Site waterfront area facing the Cunard Building, Port of Liverpool Building and Royal Liver Building with views over the Mersey.

The Grade II* listed 30 James Street, home of The Titanic, and Beetham Plaza which was developed for residential use in the late 1990s, are sat either side.

Curtain walling, new windows and a new facade will transform the building, with interiors lending a ‘Chicago’ feel to the development, which includes a 24-hour concierge service.  Studios are priced from £99,000 with penthouse prices available upon application. Over 50% of apartments have been sold off-plan. Early indications are that the apartments will be highest retailing apartments in the city to date.

Bobbie Johnson of Primesite Developments, said: “We are unbelievably excited about Strand Plaza. As one of the last undeveloped sites sitting directly on the main road into our city, this really isn’t an opportunity that comes along every day. Working with Brock Carmichael, we are transforming a derelict site into quality residential properties, and the penthouses will introduce the first wave of super-apartments into the City.”

Chris Bolland, managing partner at Brock Carmichael added; “the latest designs enhance the importance of the building and its prime position, with penthouses to rival any city and entry level studio, one and two-bedroom apartments.”

The project team is Brock Carmichael Architects, Primesite Developments, Box Clever Consulting on project management, Impel Construction as contractor, Muir Associates structural engineer, KGA Partnership mechanical and electrical engineer, and Myo Interiors.

Completion is expected in July 2018.

Photos: Top Left: View of Strand Plaza across the strand from The Three Graces. Top Right: Typical bedroom. Lower Left: Reception area. Lower Right: Typical kitchen.