Sefton Council issue demolition update over convention centre

Hoardings go up at Southport Theatre & Convention Centre
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool Echo/Colin Lane)

Southport's now derelict Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC) is to be demolished from the inside out as Sefton Council announced a new update in the building of the £73m Marine Lake Events Centre.

Sefton Council announced yesterday, June 24, that welfare units have been installed at the site of the empty STCC site, a key step forward to the eventual demolition of the building. The move to install the units comes almost two months on from when the council announced an agreement with specialist contractors, DSM Group to carry out the demolition of the former waterfront convention centre.

It has also been confirmed that the work will begin from the inside before any work is seen to be done from the outside, as people eagerly wait to see how the plans will take shape in the coming months. Sefton Council is aiming to open The Marine Lake Events Centre in 2026.

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The council also told the ECHO that work is not behind schedule, with demolition earmarked to begin during summer of this year.

In a social media post, Sefton Council said on Monday, 24 June: "Within the existing project hoarding, you might start to see some activities and deliveries from our contractor to site over the coming week. This is to enable team to gear-up for the demolition works to start on site.

Welfare units at the site of the former Southport Theatre and Convention Centre
Welfare units have now been installed at the former STCC -Credit:Sefton Council

"The team will be delivering welfare units to ensure the site is set-up in readiness for the demolition works to commence. Keep an eye out for further updates and progress photos."

Following the news that a contractor had been secured, Labour leader of Sefton Council, Marion Atkinson said at the time: "This is another example of our commitment to Southport.

"As with the Pier we have been consistently working behind the scenes to get us in a good position to start work. I am delighted that these important next steps are happening for both the MLEC but more importantly for residents, visitors and local businesses who are fully behind us.”

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