For ten years attempts have been made to sell the iconic Obervatory building perched atop Bidston Hill in Wirral – now it has finally been sold. The asking price has not been disclosed but at one stage offers of around £350,000 were being sought. The building has permission to be turned into luxury flats but its Grade ll listed status means this could be a very costly business indeed. Wirral businessman Craig Blackwell is involved in the scheme. He has previously been involved in property development I understand.
It was in 2004 that scientists from Liverpool University’s Proudman Oceanographic Lab finally moved out of the building which was originally constructed for helping mariners around the world with timekeeping. More recently it was the centre for research into tides and oceans. When the boffins vacated, a security company installed guardians who paid a modest rent to live in the structure and prevent it from decay and vandalism.
As the penguin observed “It sits perched on the highest point of Wirral like an eagle with a watchful eye. The building gazes over to the city of Liverpool on one side and the North welsh hills to the other. At the bottom of the dip towards the city the relentless moving mass of the River Mersey ebbs with the Irish Sea riptide.”