DEVELOPERS have revealed plans to renovate two town centre buildings in order to create an aparthotel and flats.

The old post office building on Springfield Street and the former Warrington Collegiate art school on Museum Street have been earmarked for the £5.3million scheme.

An aparthotel would be created in the upper floors of the post office, above Grill on the Square and the Lounge – with the building being 'meticulously refurbished' in order to create 21 units for short-term accommodation.

Rylands Street-based property firm Immedilet and Leeds developer Priestley Homes, who are behind the scheme, say the project will 'tap into increased demand for service apartment offerings in the town'.

Meanwhile, the pair are also hoping to turn the art college into 27 'high quality' apartments.

Three buildings to the rear of the Warrington and Vale Royal College site will be demolished and replaced with a 'modern' three-storey extension, with a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats planned for 'purposefully-built luxurious living'.

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The former Warrington Collegiate building on Museum Street

Immedilet director Danny Inman said: "Warrington town centre is ripe with development opportunities without needing to sacrifice greenbelt land.

"Renovating existing buildings is an ideal way to improve the quantity and quality of residential homes in the area, positioning Warrington as a desirable alternative to larger, surrounding cities.

"Priestley Homes has a strong record of breathing new life into old buildings, and this expertise will assist us in creating over 150 new homes over the next three years – supporting Warrington Borough Council's intentions to improve residential accommodation throughout the town."

Building work will be carried out by Priestley Construction, subject to planning permission being granted by Warrington Borough Council.

Priestley Group chief executive Nathan Priestley added: "Warrington is a prime area for property investment thanks to its convenient location and buoyant property market.

"The town is subject to major regeneration plans and is fast becoming one of the north west's most desirable places to live, work and visit.

"The highly skilled team at Priestley Construction is excited to bring these two buildings back to their former glory.

"Our plans ensure that the external aesthetics remain the same, with new features complementing the existing properties.

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"We are committed to supporting the council's local plan while still meeting demand for residential accommodation."