WORK on transforming a derelict listed warehouse into a cultural and business centre is set to start this week.
The £6m Buddleia project will be open in time for the city's 800th birthday in 2007.
It is based in five grade II listed buildings at the corner of Parliament Street and Jamaica Street.
The 150,000sq ft centre will include room for voluntary organisations, social enterprise and business opportunities, and heritage, culture and the arts with galleries, exhibition and performance spaces.
It is being set up by the national Novas charity which works with disadvantaged communities and the centre's aim is to encourage the talents of Liverpool's black and minority ethnic community.