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Testimonial: Paul Winstanley of St Helens Rotary Club

On a crisp and clear day, members of Rotary St Helens and local historians embarked on a journey through time as they visited the historic Beechams building on Westfield Street. This iconic structure, with its rich history and architectural significance, served as the perfect backdrop for an insightful exploration.

The visit not only allowed the Rotarians and local historians to connect with the past but also highlighted the importance of preserving local heritage.


The Beecham’s clock tower building on Westfield Street is poised for a transformative journey, transitioning from a historic pharmaceutical hub to a modern residential space.

Nicholson Group's dedication to preserving the building's essence reflects a harmonious blend of past and present.

As the project progresses, the clock tower building stands as a beacon of St Helens' rich history, ready to embrace a vibrant future within the heart of the community.

The Beecham’s factory and office building, built between 1884 and 1887, was famous for producing the well-known Beecham’s pills. The company was a major employer in the town, and the factory continued to produce pharmaceutical products even after Beecham’s merger with SmithKline Beckman in 1989. Sadly, in 1994 the factory finally closed its doors, with the Beecham’s estate becoming a part of the St Helens College campus.

The next chapter for the iconic clock tower building is an exciting one, with conversion of the building into residential space. Paul Nicholson, the CEO of Nicholson Group,  which transformed the Tyrers building, said:

“We are really excited to be working with such a beautiful and much-loved building in St Helens. As the building is Grade II listed, we have actively sought the advice of heritage experts to ensure we protect the fabric and characteristics and features of both the exterior and interior of the building."

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