Luxor Group has revealed the imminent acquisition of the Grade II listed Beechams Clock Tower building in St. Helens.
The Beechams factory and office building, built between 1884and 1887, was famous for producing the well-known Beechams pills.
The company was a major employer in the town, and the factory continued to produce pharmaceuticalproducts even after Beechams merged with SmithKline Beckman in 1989.
Sadly, in 1994 the factory finally closed its doors, with the Beechams estate becoming a part of the St Helens Collegecampus.
Over the last 30 years, St Helens College has invested significantly in the upkeep and refurbishment of both of the old buildings, ensuring they are fit for purpose for modern teaching and learning and appropriate for housing the broad range of curriculum the College offers.
The factory building next door to the clock tower, will continue to be owned by the College, and recently underwent a £1million pound refurbishment to transform the College library and learning centre, investing in creating collaborative working spaces, IT facilities and exhibition space, as well as introducing a Starbucks café.
Paul Nicholson, owner of Luxor Group, said, “We are really excited to be working with such a beautiful and much-loved building in St Helens. As the building is Grade II listed, we have actively sought the advice of heritage experts to ensure we protect the fabric and characteristics and features of both the exterior and interior of the building that totals 27,000 square feet.
“We plan to retain the exterior of the building and hope to enhance some of the existing features, for example, reinstating the old disused doorways and windows in the currently unused basement.”
The College will accommodate the small amount of teaching that was undertaken in the clock tower building in the other buildings at the Town Centre Campus.
Luxor Group also plans to hold a public consultation and share the plans for the interior conversion.
Paul added: “We hope to sympathetically expose the beautiful internal courtyard that the building is currently hiding, so residentswill be able to appreciate the beauty in all its entirety.
“Ultimately as new owners and custodians, we want to preserve the heritage of the building, enhance its legacy and bring prosperity to the College’s future.”