Historic buildings on risk register

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A disused warehouse on Stanley Dock © Marcel Musil/CreativeCommons/Flickr

Several of Liverpool’s historical buildings have had their renovation prospects enhanced as English Heritage has added some of the area’s lesser-known structures to its ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.

The conservation body gives advice on how best to protect Grade I and II listed buildings, many of which have been left in neglect, to decay, or have been developed inappropriately.

Henry Owen-John, the North West’s Planning and Conservation Director for English Heritage, said: “The lack of resources in a recession and the loss of conservation officers as councils make savings add to the challenge of protecting buildings.

“But, with the reshaping of English Heritage’s local teams to provide a sharper focus on Heritage at Risk, and continued attention to priority places, progress can be sustained and priceless parts of our heritage will be saved.”

The sites in Merseyside added to the register include a disused warehouse on Stanley Dock, the Wellington Rooms on Mount Pleasant and St Luke’s Church, which is known to many as the bombed-out church.

The Church of St Andrew on Rodney Street, which is a Grade II listed and has been unused since the 1970’s, is also on the register, despite currently undergoing intense redevelopment to transform the graveyard site into accommodation for 100 students, which will hopefully see the building removed from the ‘At Risk’ list.

Within the last year four buildings, 12 monuments and three conservation areas in the North West have been removed from the register as their prospects improved.

Henry Owen-John said: “Excluding listed places of worship, 1,150 assets have been removed for positive reasons since the Register was launched in 2008. The sites that remain at risk tend to be the ones more difficult to manage where solutions are taking longer to implement.”

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