The closure of New Palace Arcade and Adventureland in New Brighton has been postponed, as discussions over the sale of the iconic art deco building continue between owner David Wilkie and developer Viking New Brighton.
The delay comes despite Wilkie stating in March that “everything is on track” for the sale’s completion, predicting the submission of a planning application to Wirral Council this month before the arcade was to close in December.
“Viking New Brighton’s Patrick Shea confirmed that the closure of the iconic New Brighton attraction was temporarily postponed as discussions continued,” reported The Echo. “The shops, arcades, and amusements will remain open without a date of closure while discussions continue over the future of the site.”
The redevelopment plans, first announced in 2020, will see the 1930s seafront landmark levelled to make way for a new hotel, apartments and retail centre.
Despite the change of hands, Wilkie confirmed he has agreed a commercial lease deal with Viking to establish a new arcade on the site, as well as a miniature village called Giant Footsteps.
“I have good staff and I want to keep them,” said Wilkie in March. “While we are still working on preliminaries, I have already agreed to space for the arcade which will have the latest virtual reality technology.”