PLANS to create studios and apartments at Claughton House have been formally submitted.
Liverpool-based developers Luxor Group has drawn up proposals for three studios and 15 new apartments at the site on the corner of Claughton Street and Barrow Street.
Under the proposed plans, the upper floors of the 16,000 sq ft building would become three studios, along with 13 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom apartments.
Luxor say the upper floors will be transformed into "high quality living space, with balconies providing outside living space for residents".
Meanwhile, the ground floor commercial units are fully occupied with Classy Cuts the latest letting to join existent occupiers Keith Park Solicitors and Lemon Tree Café.
If given the go-ahead by council chiefs, Luxor aim to be on site in April, with the homes ready to be moved into by the summer.
The first, second and third floors of the building would be converted from offices.
The proposed new development would be known as Nicholson House.
Luxor purchased Claughton House in 2017, following the group’s acquisition of the former Tyrers department store which has been turned into luxury apartments called Nicholson Lofts.
Paul Nicholson, managing director of Luxor Group, said: “We are excited to be embarking on this much needed project that will deliver modern, luxury homes in St Helens town centre.
“Much like our Nicholson Lofts development in the former Tyrers building, we have taken careful thought and consideration into the plans and are confident the scheme will complement and support the ongoing regeneration in the borough. We have further exciting plans for the town centre and in particular this area.
“The 18 apartments will provide luxury living space at an affordable price, and make a positive contribution to the area.
"We have already received applications together with reservation fees and further interest to reserve the proposed apartments, clearly identifying the demand and desire from the local community for more quality housing of this kind."
He added: “With these proposals we are confident we can deliver this scheme.
"We had a reservation list for the Nicholson Lofts development, securing 23 applications for 15 apartments plus over 100 enquiries, and many have transferred their fees to our latest project and we would encourage any interested parties to touch base with us to avoid disappointment.”
Computer-generated images of the proposed Nicholson House development are to be released shortly.