The team behind the renovation of a derelict former pub into high quality affordable housing has been hailed by Fylde’s MP.
The new St George Place scheme of nine one-bedroom flats and three two-bedroom flats in Kirkham, developed by Progress Housing Group, was praised by Mark Menzies.
He said: “It was great to have the opportunity to look around the new development and I was impressed by the high standard to which it has been completed.
“Many people wanted to try to keep some remnants of the old building but unfortunately it was in such a state of disrepair that proved impossible.
“I know Fylde Council’s planning team spent a lot of time getting the design of the new development just right and I think they have done a great job.
“This is a landmark site on a key junction in Kirkham and it was important that the building continued to reflect that.”
The iconic St George’s Hotel, at the junction of Moor Street and Station Road in Kirkham, had stood in the town for decades, but in recent years had fallen into disrepair. It was demolished, with the new building named after the old pub and designed to keep the former venue’s distinctive shape.
“Having spoken to a number of residents who have already moved into the new apartments I know they are very happy with what has been built. I hope they continue to enjoy their new homes for many years to come,” added Mr Menzies.
For generations, the pub, known affectionately by local residents as The George, was a popular venue in the market town, particularly with American soldiers and later the RAF who attended weekly dances there during the wartime years.
It closed in December 2010 and soon fell into disrepair, becoming a target for vandals.
Progress Housing Group and Melrose Construction purchased the old pub in December 2012 and began work to redevelop the site.