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Now Mike is asking if BWTAS members know anything of its history. All he knows is that it was built in 1860 to provide water to the Poor Law workhouse that then became Ormskirk Hospital in the 1950's.
Mike's taken up the standing offer of complimentary membership of BWTAS to tower owners and he would be happy for members to come and look around before they start conversion although he and BWTAS can't accept any liability for injury etc. In today's litigation culture we are compelled to say that.
Mike's also looking for guidance from any qualified members whilst he plans what to do with this fantastic building.
Please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 07751 605384. The tower is off
Prior to the sale, Burcough-based property specialists Armistead Barnett were saying they expected the demand for this property to be high.
Sales manager David Cowburn told the Ormskirk Advertiser: “This is an iconic, landmark building which offers a fantastic opportunity for those looking to create their dream home. The Water Tower is of particular architectural interest due to its five storeys, side projectile pipes, arched windows and the large water tank on top. Planning permission has been granted for two flats but there is potential to create one huge five-storey residence. It will make for a stunning home.”
The 175 square meter tower was part of the hospital site purchased and developed by Persimmon Homes as Nightingale Walk.
Nearby residents aslo said they were in favour of the developement. Neil Wynne, of Pinfold Road, said: "I would prefer it if someone moved into the water tower."
Ormskirk is also known for another water tower, the concrete 'UFO' at Scarth Hill to the east of Ormskirk.
Sadly there is also a very large derelict one at Greetby Hill, now obviously a missed development opportunity but in its dotage has become reminicsent of a Victorian folly. An application to convert it into seven apartments in 2001 was later withdrawn. Greetby Now and Then.