SCAFFOLDING has gone up as work to convert one of Warrington's most famous buildings into apartments continues.

The Academy on Bridge Street site is set to be turned into 22 one-bedroom supported accommodation flats by HomeLife.

Work started in the summer after planning permission was agreed last year.

Now scaffolding has been put on the outside of the building.

Warrington Guardian:

Contractors Omega Scaffolding are on site

Previously home to the Warrington Guardian, the offices have been empty since the paper’s move to Centre Park in June 2016.

And the council has now granted planning permission for developer Homelife to ‘bring back a sustainable use for a vacant building’.

Warrington Guardian:

The grade two-listed building had previously been on sale for £1.6million and dates back to the 1750s.

The last time work took place in the 1980s, it was rather more dramatic.

Traffic problems meant the section of Bridge Foot near to Bridge Street need to be widened.

The problem was the grade two listed building was in the way.

So engineers came up with a plan to move it 19 metres using a combination of high-pressure grease and floatpads.

Warrington Guardian:

The building was the heaviest in Britain to be moved up to that day.

As well as moving the original part of the building, a large extension was built in matching style and brickwork.

Little of the original listed part of the building remained.