Liverpool鈥檚 Wolstenholme Square is unrecognisable as a £40m redevelopment of the area continues.

Developer Elliot Group last year started work to rebuild the square , once home to the Kazimier and Nation clubs.

Penelope sculpture and construction work around Wolstenholme Square and the former Cream Club site in Liverpool city centre. Photo by Colin Lane

Now the steel frame on the first block has reached full height and Elliot says the apartments inside will be ready by September.

Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group says he wants the shop and restaurant units that will face the square to be let to local businesses.

Penelope sculpture and construction work around Wolstenholme Square and the former Cream Club site in Liverpool city centre. Photo by Colin Lane

And while the buildings may appear tall compared to the low-rise warehouses that were there before, Mr Lawless says they do compare to buildings that stood there before the war.

He said: 鈥淭here used to be some buildings of real scale in the square before the Blitz, particularly the old Valspar paint factory, so it鈥檚 nice to be reinstating buildings of a similar size. 鈥淏lock A will be completed and ready for occupation in September and Block B will be completed in February 2018, adding 222 new homes to the city centre market.

鈥淲e expect to start work on blocks C and D in the early summer. It鈥檚 exciting to see such significant change happen so quickly.

Penelope sculpture and construction work around Wolstenholme Square and the former Cream Club site in Liverpool city centre. Photo by Colin Lane

鈥淭he scheme is almost sold out now and construction is on time, too. It鈥檚 a very positive picture.

鈥淭he project has really captured people鈥檚 imagination.?/p>

Nation, home to the world-famous superclub Cream, was bulldozed last year. A new nightclub is set to be built as part of the Wolstenholme Square redevelopment.

While the northern side of the square where Kazimier used to be is a building site, the colourful Penelope sculpture in the middle of the square is still a landmark.

Penelope sculpture and construction work around Wolstenholme Square and the former Cream Club site in Liverpool city centre. Photo by Colin Lane

Its designer Jorge Pardo will help to refurbish the 2002 sculptor and will also advise on the landscape design of the square.

Mr Lawless said: 鈥淨uite a few purchasers mentioned Jorge Pardo鈥檚 involvement in the development鈥檚 landscape design. He has a massive reputation in the arts world and there鈥檚 no doubt he鈥檒l add considerable value to the scheme overall.

鈥淲e want the scheme to bring new life to the area with cafes, shops and restaurants, so the landscaping will play an important role in encouraging people to dwell and enjoy the new spaces we鈥檙e creating.

Designs for the new Wolstenholme Square include residential apartments and a basement superclub. Image courtesy of Elliot Group

鈥淥pening the site up so that it provides a link between Seel Street and the square will improve the scheme鈥檚 permeability, but more importantly it will allow us to create lots of ground floor office and retail units.

鈥淲e鈥檙e keen to let them out to local entrepreneurs, because that鈥檚 what Ropewalks is all about.?