THIS is the massive structure taking shape in Warrington town centre.

Apartments are currently being built on the corner of John Street and Winwick Street close to the emerging Stadium Quarter near Central Station.

Work started on the £50 million apartment block and public multi-storey car park earlier last year.

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When completed, the eight-storey block, will include 362 homes, and a 796-space car park.

The land has been empty for years since a similar scheme was aborted in the early 2000s.

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A similar large housing scheme has also been planned for the current car park on the opposite side of Winwick Street.

Wireworks Warrington proposes six buildings of between two and 17 storeys on land just off Winwick Street and Tanners Lane.

These will accommodate up to 550 residential dwellings, a 160-bed hotel and 3,000 square metres of commercial, office and retail space.

A version of the project was approved by the government in 2007, but with construction due to take place a year later, the plans were shelved due to a recession.

At this stage, only outline planning permission is being sought for the 2.92-acre site, but artists' impressions have been published to give residents a taste of what could come later.

As reported earlier this week, the council has ambitions to bring more homes back into the town centre.

As many as 8,000 could be built in coming years on brownfield sites close to te heart of Warrington.

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