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Morecambe eyesore redevelopment plans move step closer as contractor appointed

Plans to renovate a former department store long regarded as one of the biggest eyesores in Morecambe have moved a step closer.

Last year, owner Lancaster City Council received three quarters of a million pounds from the government to help bring Centenary House - the former Co-Op building in the West End - back to life.

Originally built in 1927 and extended in 1961, the building on Regent Road in Morecambe has been largely vacant since the mid-1990s.

It was home to the popular Co-Op department store for years and the ground floor today is home to the Co-Op convenience shop.

But the rest is in a dilapidated state and hasn't been used for more than 20 years.

The council intends to refurbish the building’s upper floors to provide affordable housing and accommodation for local arts businesses, retaining the Co-Op late shop.

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The plans have this week moved one step closer thanks to the appointment of Seddon Construction Limited as the contractor.

Seddon Construction will be delivering a package of remedial works to Centenary House including asbestos removal, soft strip, invasive surveys, structural repairs and other repairs to the superstructure.

The project has been funded by HM Government via the Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF2).

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