Wayne Hemingway to redesign Morecambe office

Wayne Hemingway outside the former Visitor office.
Wayne Hemingway outside the former Visitor office.

One of Morecambe’s finest old buildings will receive the magic touch from one of the UK’s top designers.

The former Visitor office will get a complete makeover with the help of Morecambe-born Wayne Hemingway and his London-based HemingwayDesign firm.

The 85-year-old premises on Victoria Street has been bought by charity Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

Galloway’s plan to move into the building in early 2015 and will be selling their current base on Balmoral Road, their home for 50 years.

Mr Hemingway said: “This will be a facility specifically designed for visually impaired people that really pushes boundaries. We are aiming to create an inspiring, innovative and welcoming centre.”

Stuart Clayton, chief executive of Galloway’s, said: “We are aware of the proud history of The Visitor building and plan to commemorate its past with a permanent display and treat the building’s façade with respect.

“We have lots of plans that we will share once all the surveys have been completed and hope this investment in Morecambe will benefit the whole area.”

Mr Clayton said the refurbished building would not become home to a charity shop, and would instead house the charity’s offices and its services for blind people, including specialist equipment, support and talking newspapers.