Glimpse at what new Wetherspoon could look like in Wirral

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People have been given a glimpse at what the new JD Wetherspoon in Wirral could look like.

New Brighton's Master Mariner has been welcoming customers back following the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the chain has plans to expand into the property next door.

Last month, a spokesperson for Wetherspoon told the ECHO the company is looking to start work in October but would put up new wrapping around the scaffolding to improve the look of the former Lacy's bar.

That has now been done and includes a computer-generated image of how the frontage could look once work is complete on the building.

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It shows how all the original facade will be kept and painted white with a new entrance at Lacy's and decorative plants in the front seating area.

There is also a new Wetherspoon lettering across the top of the building in black and a 'The Master Mariner' sign across a new shelter above the doorway.

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In May last year, Wirral Council approved plans for the chain to develop into the building next to The Master Mariner.

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New signage on the former Lacy's Bar in New Brighton showing what the expansion of Wetherspoon could look like

Once completed, the pub will increase in size from 952 square metres to 1,684 square metres.

The application to Wirral Council stated the pubs' interior will be completely refurbished and there are plans for a new balcony at the front of the building.

The balcony will extend from the front of the first floor towards Union Terrace and Marine Parade.

New Brighton's Wetherspoons opened in 2013 in buildings once occupied by RJs and the Playas Lounge nightclubs.

It was named the Master Mariner after seaman Henry Cubbon.

He was a master mariner who lived in lodging houses on the seafront row in the 1850s.

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Wetherspoons bought the Lacy's Bar building in 2015 and, in 2016, sought planning permission to extend the pub on the ground floor and create four "high-end" two-bedroom apartments, which would be in the rear ground floor and first floor of the building.

This plan did not go ahead and in 2018 the pub chain said it wanted to bulldoze the site because of its 'dilapidated state'.

The latest plans include a complete renovation of the existing building.

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