A mysterious "castle inspired" building has appeared along the Merseyside coastline.

The building along seen from Kings Parade in New Brighton, Wirral, is still under construction and has been described as a "millionaire's mansion".

While others have joked it is "Bond villain lair", "going to be a nightclub", a replacement for The Tav and a "drive-thru KFC", planning documents however, clearly state it is a house.

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Nestled into the hillside of the red rocks, people could be forgiven for thinking it has popped up out of nowhere when plans were submitted to Wirral Council way back in 2017.

Permission for the new build was granted in early 2018, but it is only now that the project has begun to take shape.

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Andrew Smith Architects who put the plans forward to Wirral Council said in their original design and access statement: "It is proposed to re-order/rebuild the dilapidated former coach house outbuilding to create not only a vehicular passage down to the headland area from Wellington Road but also a visual 'gatehouse' to serve the new dwelling.

"The design solution for the new dwelling is contemporary, with footprint and appearance contrived upon a castle inspired concept, nestling upon the rock with circular north and south tower structures at the extremities."

A new build under construction in New Brighton
A new build under construction in New Brighton

It also says the design drew inspiration from the nearby Fort Perch Rock and added: "This unique contemporary dwelling house announces a confidence and individual statement of New Brighton's rebirth and regeneration, following decades of previous decline and neglect."

The plans were approved with nine conditions following objections from local residents, these conditions included proving the council with extra detailed information about windows and landscaping and any shrubs or trees to be removed at particular times.

A new build under construction in New Brighton
A new build under construction in New Brighton

Commenting in a public Facebook group about the intriguing new development, some were concerned about the obstruction to people's views, but many loved the look of the new addition to Wellington Road.

Pam Butler said: "It's a house and it will be fabulous when finished."

David Griffiths said: "It’s going to look fabulous."

And while some thought it was "horrendous looking", Howard Bosworth said: "It's not finished yet. Perhaps better to reserve judgement till the end of the build."

Andrew Smith Architects was approached for comment.

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