A new live music venue could be coming to Birkenhead, in plans submitted to the Wirral Council.
Katie Sutton of Bridge Street Holdings is applying to create “an event space including a live music venue” at a site currently known as Arc House on Taylor Street, according to the design and access statement.
The document, developed by Bryson Architecture, paints a picture of how the place could function.
It read: ‘The proposal seeks to achieve the best use of the site, a cohesive development to create an entertainment venue serving food and drink to complement the adjacent Molly’s Chambers.’
The statement adds: “The ground floor of the building will be used as event space, bars, toilets and storage areas.
“The first floor will be accommodation for the site manager and also offices for the management of the company.”
Bryson Architecture said the site will provide recreational facilities for local businesses, colleges and area museums.
The statement continued: “The Wirral Transport Museum and Heritage Tram, which is located opposite the site and has a track to the rear of the site, has expressed a desire to use the proposed facility as a venue for presentations. and seminars, which it is hoped will increase attendance at the museum.
When the project first appeared, the design and access statement made it clear that it would remain “in keeping” with the current building.
One issue which could be tricky for Bridge Street Holdings is that it will have to get Wirral Council to agree that a change of use is needed on the site, as the building is currently used as a retail store for supplies of welding.
But the statement adds: ‘The premises at Arc House no longer serve their purpose as a center of commerce and storage for the business and have slowly declined due to neglect over a period of five years.’
The document says the company has attempted to sell the building and the only interested party is Bridge Street Holdings, the claimant who wants to turn it into an events venue.
Even though the site is in a mainly industrial area, there are non-industrial companies operating in the area.