Plans for a new language school in Birkenhead

The proposal, put forward by Franklin Rios, will see the school operate on three floors of 14 Hamilton Square in the city.

Short-term student accommodation for those taking intensive courses at the language school will be located on the upper two floors of the listed five-storey building.

According to the planning statement, drawn up by MPD Built Environment Consultants Ltd, this program “will be [breathe] a new life in the locality and restore productive use to a vacant historic building, which can only be beneficial for the vitality of the conservation area and the long-term maintenance of the listed building.

Indeed, the site is currently vacant, having served for the last time in a law firm.

Regarding the quality of the housing that would be provided, the press release added: “Considering the scale of the building, the interior layout offered to potential future occupants would be good, with generously sized rooms and large windows allowing sufficient perspectives and of natural light.

Students will not have private outdoor space to socialize, but the statement argues that given the short-term nature of accommodation, the public outdoor space in Hamilton Square itself is sufficient.

The planning firm also noted that Hamilton Square is within walking distance of the waterfront, where students could congregate.

Regarding the parking situation, the company said, “Paid and posted on-street parking is available in the surrounding streets and the property is close to bus stops and Hamilton Square train station.

“There is also a private paid parking lot posted at the rear of the property.”

Regarding the operation of the language school, the press release added: “The school will operate during the day and in the early evening with the possibility of some lessons on Saturday morning depending on demand.”

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