Mr Smith's campaigners offered 'possible lifeline'

Mr Smith's campaigners

Mr Smith's campaigners

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CAMPAIGNERS have been offered a possible lifeline in the battle to save Mr Smiths after they were given the chance to suggest alternatives to demolition.

LPC Living, the property developers handling the site, met with campaigners last week.

Following the meeting it said a 'short window' was available to discuss a 'commercially viable future' for Smiths, although the intention is still to knock it down.

A spokesman for LPC Living said: “We discussed how the Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust had acquired the building around four years ago and despite extensive marketing there had been difficulties in securing a letting.

“Prospective tenants shown around the building had reservations about the large size of the property, access issues, ongoing maintenance and the cost to convert to other uses.

“We explained that ultimately the decision to clear the site was a reluctant one and was not taken lightly.

“We also confirmed no decisions have been made about any future redevelopment of the site.

“While it is still the intention to proceed with demolition, the earliest this can take place is August 11.

“However, it is likely to take a couple of months of investigations and preparatory work before the building could come down.

“Therefore this provided the group with a short window to explore options as to whether a community-led project could provide a commercially viable future for the building.”

LPC added a further meeting could take place to discuss options.

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9:28am Thu 7 Aug 14

tojahejome says...

Why would you want to save that building, it's a dump and a blot on the landscape.
Why would you want to save that building, it's a dump and a blot on the landscape. tojahejome
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4:47pm Thu 7 Aug 14

motorhead2009 says...

Has anyone come up with any positive suggestions that can be communicated to the developers yet ?

Obviously it would have to be a low cost high profit venture to interest them.
Has anyone come up with any positive suggestions that can be communicated to the developers yet ? Obviously it would have to be a low cost high profit venture to interest them. motorhead2009
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6:51pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Graham201 says...

The idea of turning into a receiving theatre is definitely profitable, providing the project is done well and there is adequate space and the grid working load is enough to attract major productions. Looking at areas less recently developed than warrington such as Bradford or Hanley (stoke), you will easily see the top end productions that would bring revenue and vast audiences to the warrington area. With good management and a busy schedule of events, a theatre can be a very profitable venture, especially in an area as well connected as warrington with rail and road networks.
The idea of turning into a receiving theatre is definitely profitable, providing the project is done well and there is adequate space and the grid working load is enough to attract major productions. Looking at areas less recently developed than warrington such as Bradford or Hanley (stoke), you will easily see the top end productions that would bring revenue and vast audiences to the warrington area. With good management and a busy schedule of events, a theatre can be a very profitable venture, especially in an area as well connected as warrington with rail and road networks. Graham201
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