Breathing new life into town building

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A Long Eaton architect has devised a scheme that will transform a building almost 100 years old and breathe new life into the town centre.

Alan McGowan Architects is the driving force behind the project to change a prominent building at 1-3 Tamworth Road close to the Market Place and main shopping area.

Alan drew up the scheme to provide 10 high-quality apartments, secured planning permission from Erewash Borough Council, and will project manage it for the new owners of the building.

He said: “This scheme will bring new life into a prominent building in the town centre, part of which has been unused for more than decade.

“It is a good example of what can be achieved with the many empty upper floors of buildings in our town centres. It will provide good, spacious homes right in the town centre where people can use the various amenities.

“It will add vibrancy to Long Eaton town centre and hopefully provide extra trade for new businesses.”

The building was bought last year by Meadowbank Estates, a property company based near London’s Heathrow Airport, from a property management company.

This is its first project in the East Midlands and the firm is likely to look for more.

Under the scheme there will be five apartments on each of the first and second floors, some with one bedroom, some with two. Then main entrance will be from Tamworth Road and a number of apartments will have views over Tamworth Road and the Market Place. There is a public car park at the rear.

The property was built in the 1920s and known as the Co-op Arcade because of the number of different shops there.