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Apple HQ to be converted to flats

Work is set to get underway on the transformation of the iconic Apple HQ in London, the former headquarters of the Beatles' recording company.

Developer the Malins Group is to start work on the 8,390 sq ft grade II-listed property in the coming weeks following planning approval from Westminster City Council.

The £6 million project at 94 Baker Street will include the delivery of new residential apartments - complete with the latest in drywall technologies - on the upper floors of the six-storey property, as well as the conversion of the lower floors into new retail space.

Lauren Atkins, managing director of the Malins Group, said: "The building has a unique place in the history of the Beatles and we aim to preserve its fascinating heritage.

"We will be launching sales of the apartments on the 45th anniversary of the closure of the Apple Boutique and move of Apple Corps and the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Beatles."

She added that the plans for the new luxury apartments are set to include a number of "extravagant, exuberant and avant garde" touches, with the aim of capturing the unique spirit of the Fab Four.

Elsewhere, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) recently announced a massive investment in the regeneration of the Kings Dock area, with plans for the delivery of a number of new hotels, restaurants, a multi-storey car park and apartments.

Its new masterplan for the site will supersede the previous vision for the area that was set out in 2003, although the £40 million expansion of the Arena and Convention Centre will continue to be a key feature of the development.

Deborah McLaughlin, HCA executive director for the north-west, commented at the time: "As landowner, the HCA is committed to ensuring that the Kings Dock contributes hugely to the prosperity of Liverpool." 

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