Michael Lee Architects has finally submitted a planning application for its competition-winning Cronton Colliery visitor centre scheme
The application for the 44 hectare former coal mine in Knowsley comes almost three years after the north London-based outfit won the project in a RIBA-organised competition.
Commenting on the apparent delay, Lee said: ‘These things take time. There was quite a lot of community consultation and engagement with a large number of external bodies.’
The site has also expanded to include a disused former railway which will connect the visitor centre to a nearby park.
The firm’s proposals for a ‘pioneering new visitor destination’ at the former coal mine in Knowsley were hailed as ‘compelling and thought-provoking’ by the judges.
Other finalists in the contest included Hawkins\Brown, the UK office of international giant HASSELL and Leeds-based Edward Architecture working with Matthew Riley.
Local authority Knowsley Council is expected to make a decision on the application in July.