Listed school conversion and new build

A complex residential development in two halves - a listed building sharing a city centre site with its new architectural neighbour.

Contract Value: ?4.5m
Date: 2007
Local Authority: Liverpool City Council

Context

A residential development in two principal components, conversion of an existing Grade II-listed former school into 18 apartments and a related new build to contemporary design of 24 apartments with basement and ground floor commercial and units.

The Challenge

The listed building had suffered from war damage and subsequent neglect, requiring specialist conservation knowledge as part of the planning consent. The new apartment block is of modern design including a feature glazed curtain wall, despite the building's proximity on-site it clearly had markedly different requirements with regards to M&E provision.

Our Solution

Working with architects Denovo Design, we upgraded the thermal performance of both buildings to current building regulations. Despite this not being a condition of planning it was our view that increased performance would add value to the scheme and be the preferred long-term investment for both client and future residents.

Future power supply to the site was consolidated with the specification of a new electricity substation.

The integration of an underground car park in the development required associated works for fire protection and security.

Completed September 2008.

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