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    Default 130 Liverpool buildings - SAVED

    SIX years’ work by Liverpool City Council’s “stop the rot” team is paying dividends in protecting the city’s heritage, according to a new report,

    A progress update on the Buildings at Risk project shows that action has been taken on more than 130 buildings which were in poor condition.

    The project, which started in 2001, uses legal powers available to the City Council to deal with historic buildings in poor condition to help bring them back into use.

    It became part of the Historic Environment of Liverpool Project (HELP), an initiative for heritage-led regeneration in the city, involving English Heritage and other partners.

    Buildings at Risk has received £1.4m in funding through the City Council (£424,500) NWDA (£968,000), English Heritage (£45,000) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (£24, 900).

    Among the buildings it has successfully helped bring back into use or restored are:

    * The Albany, Old Hall Street

    * St Peter’s Church, Seel Street

    * West Derby Courthouse

    * Fleet Street warehouses

    * Nelson Memorial , Exchange Flags

    * Eldon Grove (on-going)

    * The Post Office, Victoria Street

    * 3, Ivanhoe Road

    * 12 Rodney Street

    * Back Berry Street stables

    * 80/82 Seel Street


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    * 98-102 High Street, Wavertree

    * Parliament Street Warehouses (Buddleia Building)

    It has also helped retained facades of buildings to allow for developments at 30-33 Great George Street; 71 Shaw Street (on-going) ,64-72 Seel Street and Stanley Buildings on Hanover Street.

    A report to be considered by the council’s Executive Board on 21 December is recommending that to keep the momentum of the project going an approach be made to the NWDA to use funds from expenditure reclaimed from owners after the council carried out work on their properties for the Buildings at Risk scheme to see it continue until 2010.

    Cllr Berni Turner, Executive Member for Environment and Heritage, said: “The Buildings at Risk project has been a success story for the city. We have targeted some of the most neglected but significant buildings in the city and have helped to bring them back into use.

    “Our commitment to preserving the city’s unique architectural heritage is not just words – we have backed this with action. This programme has helped restore the West Derby Courthouse, St Peter‘s Church, the Albany and many other historic buildings.

    “But there is still much more to be done. Unfortunately some owners do not accept their responsibilities as custodians of the city’s heritage and this programme tries to ensure that their attitude does not result in buildings being lost.”

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    Just launched my new website @ Buildings at Risk

    It's still an ongoing project as a, I need to put some better video's up and b, I've got about 4 pages to go.

    But you get the idea

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    Hello cadfael
    One of the building on your At risk site is Kiln Hey.
    Here is a picture of the fireplace in the drawing room dated 1888.
    There are a few more of the interior i have found on the English Heritage site

    (Picture) English Heritage

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    Wow - great find. I'll take a look at your site now Cad.
    www.inacityliving.piczo.com/

    Updated weekly with old and new pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disco View Post
    Hello cadfael
    One of the building on your At risk site is Kiln Hey.
    Here is a picture of the fireplace in the drawing room dated 1888.
    There are a few more of the interior i have found on the English Heritage site

    (Picture) English Heritage

    Aye, you'll find the link to the pictures on the top of the page of Kiln Hey

    Me mum used to work in that building when it was Alder Grange and had I not been seriously ill when it closed down, I'd have gone along to take lots of pictures

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    Nice website Cadfael with some very good and high beliefs behind it... (not to mention pictures) but I fail to see what it hopes to achieve.

    With the exception of Sandfield Tower, St James and St Lukes there is minor historical merit to the other buildings listed. Sure they are nice buildings but are they important to the heritage of the city and the country?

    St John's is a relic of a congregation that is not there, it is not of particular note for either it's architecture or it's status, it is simply now an impediment to progress and regeneration.

    A similar thing may be said of the Edge Lane Houses... although there are many political and practical claims for their retention it would be wrong to class them as 'at risk' in the same way as noteworthy buildings such as St James or St Luke both of which are on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register already and will probably never be allowed to be demolished.

    Sandfield Tower is a noteworthy and important building but is already a listed building meaning it cannot be demolished or developed without consultation. It's a shame it is in such a state but I believe you already have a website about it - why another?

    As for the others... whilst the Smithdown Lane stableyard is important the remaining parts are in terrible condition and cause an unslighly eyesore in the local area. Also part of the stableyard complex has already been saved and restored (as the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre) and has had a horse resident for the past four years or so, your website fails to mention anything about that.

    Kiln Hey has nothing noteworthy about it save it's Cookson Window whatever that is, (Google has nothing) and you infer that plans are underway to turn it into apartments thus preserving the staircase and window - so it's not really at risk is it?

    Like I said, a nice idea, well executed but I can't see much of an overall aim behind it.

    I think that with your talent as a web designer you would be better off creating websites that instead of soap-boxing for public outcry gather, preserve, digitize and publicise the information, images and documents that relate to these buildings - creating an archive that - even if the buildings are lost - can serve to show us an in-depth insight into our past.

    Sorry if this seems like a rant - it isn't meant to be, and please take everything i've said with good grace as constructive criticism rather than an attack.

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