Willmott Dixon has been contracted to overhaul the 15-storey Marwood Tower and transform it into 81 apartments for people who have managed to reach the age of 55.
It is the company’s first housing project in Liverpool.
The £8m revamp is part of the wider Project Jennifer development along Great Homer Street.
The Marwood Tower scheme, designed by John McCall Architects, forms part of the new Liverpool Housing Partnership forged between Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Redrow Homes and Willmott Dixon to deliver 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use across the city. Overall, 57 flats will be refurbished and 24 new apartments will be built to provide a mixture of one and two-bed properties.
A new arc around the base of the tower will be built that includes a courtyard garden. The old and new buildings will be linked by covered walkways that open in the centre of the courtyard.
LMH assistant director of development Chris Bowen said: “The Marwood Tower scheme is going ahead at great pace after planning permission was granted. Willmott Dixon has great experience in social housing and is our lead building contractor partner under the Liverpool Housing Partnership for bringing empty properties back into use.
“It is a complex scheme with just one point of entry so it will take longer to complete than a traditional housing development but we expect the work to be finished in autumn 2016, which will be a great achievement.”