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‎Former Curzon Cinema | Old Swan | ‎New Home Bargains supermarket

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A historic cinema in Liverpool is to be demolished to make way for a discount supermarket.

The Art Deco style former Curzon Cinema in Prescot Road, Old Swan will be knocked down and replaced with a Home Bargains store, after plans were today approved by councillors.

The company said the development would retain 25 existing jobs in the area and create 30 new jobs for local people.

Speaking at a Liverpool Council planning meeting, Tom Warner, from Home Bargains, said the existing building was "substandard".

He said it would not meet modern shop requirements due to its low ceilings and "irregular internal arrangements".

Mr Warner added that refurbishment costs were "prohibitively expensive" and the firm was paying for ongoing emergency repairs to make the building safe.

Architect Brian Ireland, of Glasgow-based Smith Design Associates, said water was leaking into the cinema and brickwork was becoming loose in its upper walls.

He said the new building would be lower than the existing structure and incorporate some of the style of the former cinema.
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It's not the loss of this building that saddens me. It's never been the prettiest of buildings in my opinion.

It's more the utterly bland and soulless replacement that depresses me

Upsetting the locals I see. I completely understand the logic of doing sensitive and potentially dangerous demolition on a Sunday morning as it's a main shopping street and it will be much quieter in terms of pedestrians walking near to the site.

As for starting at 6am on Sunday morning, I think a letter-drop / public consultation exercise would have been a good idea to tell people that there would be some disturbance for one day to allow the demolition of the high walls next to the footpath. Not everyone would like it but at least people know what's going on.
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