Historic buildings set for £50m investment

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St George's Hall. Pic by Vegard Grott

St George’s Hall. Pic by Vegard Grott

Liverpool City Council is hoping to invest over £50m in the restoration of some of the city’s most at-risk historic buildings.

The list of buildings earmarked for the revamp include St George’s Hall and St Luke’s “bombed-out” Church.

Councillors are being asked to commit to prioritise buildings in a meeting this Friday.

The buildings, which could qualify for grants from bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England, include:

  • St Luke’s Church
  • Everton Library
  • The Irish Centre (Wellington Rooms)
  • Anfield Cemetery and Anfield Catacombs
  • Toxteth Park Cemetery Chapel
  • Christ Church, Kensington
  • Allerton Tower Stables and Laundry
  • St James Church, Toxteth
  • St George’s Hall

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We have had tremendous success in bringing back into use dilapidated and rundown buildings, and our record is among the best in the country.

“As well as the work on St Luke’s Church, we’ve also worked hard recently with Historic England to make sure that Heaps Rice Mill has been protected as part of the redevelopment of the site.

“Everybody knows we have less money than we did, but we have a first class track record in levering in heritage funding and working with developers and other groups to find viable ways to restore buildings.”

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