Science hub plan for former Liverpool Irish Centre

Wellington Rooms Image copyright Liverpool City Council
Image caption Liverpool City Council wants Heritage Lottery funding to help transform the building

A Grade II-listed former Irish Centre could be transformed into a "science and innovation hub" as part of plans to bring the building back into use.

The Wellington Rooms, in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, has been empty for about 20 years.

Liverpool City Council wants to transform it into a home for burgeoning technology companies, education and scientific research.

The authority will apply for Heritage Lottery funding for the project.

A report prepared for the council's cabinet says it will also need to raise about £60,000 for emergency repairs to the building.

If the plan gets the go ahead, the authority would work on the project alongside organisations including Liverpool University and Liverpool Science Park.

A council spokesman said plans were at an early stage but it is hoped the regenerated building could become an important part of the city's Knowledge Quarter.

"It's about creating a buzz and a space for new ideas," he added.

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