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    I got them on sat. Look better from the rear actually as that steelwork just obscures them.

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    City ‘no’ on £100m dream for Hope St
    Mar 12 2008
    by Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo

    A MULTI-million pound plan to transform Liverpool’s Hope Street has been dealt a massive blow.

    Councillors said they wanted to reject a crucial part of a £100m scheme to create new flats, shops, offices and a boutique hotel in the historic city centre road yesterday.

    They were unhappy with a proposal to demolish Josephine Butler House, at the same junction as the Philharmonic Hall, and replace it with shops and offices.

    Owner Maghull Developments sparked anger by starting to demolish the existing building last week, when heritage campaigners still hoped to have it listed.

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    This attack on the Josephine Butler House comes hot on the heels of the hammering away at the facade of the former Bedford Cinema at Christmas.
    The Chair of the Planning Committee said he was "Bloody annoyed" at the destruction of the Bedford, which sounded like strong language to me.
    However, English Heritage wouldn't list the Bedford, and now won't list the JB House, and, as we've learned, unListed buildings can be demolished at any time.
    All the Planning Committee can do is refuse the application, and even if they refuse the application for the Bedford site it looks like it's going to be an empty plot after Easter.

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    Those 3 Listed Buildings in Seel Street have now all been demolished.

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    The changing face of Liverpool
    Mar 22 2008
    by Peter Elson, Liverpool Daily Post

    With Liverpool undergoing huge regeneration, Peter Elson meets the men deciding the balance between redevelopment and preserving our heritage.



    NEW town blues was a phase in popular use a few decades ago to describe the despair those poor residents felt about being shipped out of old towns to live in planned developments.

    The only problems about these postwar urban utopias for their decanted populations were their inevitable isolation and, more visibly, their completely soulless atmosphere and utterly bland appearance.

    What difference between Runcorn or Harlow? Kirkby or Cumbernauld?

    How lucky for those that remained behind to continue enjoying the buzz and vibrant personality of a great city like Liverpool, where its many layers of development sit cheek-by-jowel, accumulated over several centuries.

    There was no chance that a new town, built from scratch in a few years, could possibly accumulate the richness and diversity of a long-established city created on a piecemeal basis.

    But old towns are far from immune from having their buildings redeveloped and replaced.

    They, too, can suffer from a new syndrome related to new town blues, namely clone-town Britain, in which everywhere in the country is now resembling everywhere else due to comprehensive redevelopment.

    And Liverpool is now joining this trend at a rapid pace. As the city has enjoyed an economic revival, developers have arrived chasing the money.

    Nothing like this has been seen in the previous three decades. Missing out on the 1980s Thatcherite economic revival due to the Militant Labour council’s policies, you have to go back to the mid-1960s – early 1970s for a comparable upheaval in the city’s redevelopment.

    Commentators have joked that Militant’s deputy council leader Derek Hatton by default did more for Liverpool’s conservation than any other figure.

    Everybody is far from happy about this headlong rush to grab swathes of elderly buildings. All too soon these are reduced to rubble and replaced with bland glass, steel and concrete buildings in a style dubbed “cowshed architecture”.

    There is far-ranging concern by groups such as Merseyside Civic Society that Liverpool’s hard-won (and potentially priceless) accolade as a World Heritage Site could be lost by reckless redevelopment.

    One of the most vocal opponents is Wayne Colquhoun, founder and chairman of Liverpool Preservation Trust, who conducted a walk for the Daily Post around what he feared is the city’s most threatened Georgian building stock.

    Keen to reassure the panicking public that all is not lost – or sinking fast into oblivion – Nigel Lee, Liverpool’s planning manager, and Henry Owen-John, English Heritage’s north west planning and development director, based in Manchester, requested a similar opportunity.

    “I’m comfortable with looking after the city’s essential characteristics, looking at how you preserve significant buildings as well as accommodating new development,” states Nigel.

    “Trying to keep the urban townscape while meeting the new office standards is very difficult. Often ceilings in old buildings are too low to take all the services now needed and it’s a big job finding new uses.

    “We’ve seen Tower Buildings and the Albany go over to flat use and Westminster Chambers in Dale Street is undergoing restoration, but we need to keep supply and demand stable.”

    Starting off from the council’s Millennium House, Dale Street (which contains Nigel’s office), we agree this is a successful refurbishment of old facades (including the former Daily Post office) with new infills.

    Unfortunately, round the corner in Sir Thomas Street we’re immediately faced with what many Liverpudlians consider a catastrophic blunder.

    Liverpool’s last complete street of Victorian office facades was forever spoilt when developer Illiad was allowed by both city council and English Heritage to demolish No 6, leaving a great gaping hole.

    However, soon after conservationists called for English Heritage to reassess the situation, the building’s decorative stonework was mutilated , as witnessed by city council leader Cllr Warren Bradley, from his office opposite.

    Illiad intend to insert a trendy glass-fronted atrium onto No 6’s site as part of its plan to create a new hotel which includes the former Municipal Annexe.

    “We’d come to the initial conclusion that No 6 was not listable, as it’s the only brick facade in a row of stone ones,” says Henry.

    “We agreed to demolition and then received request for a spot-listing, which is very difficult to deal with late in the day.

    “The connectivity between the buildings is difficult and we understand Illiad’s problem with the old structure on this sloping sight and how a new building would resolve it.”

    He denies that English Heritage bureaucrats are too slow to get off the mark, while quick-thinking developers run rings around them.

    Nigel, who comes from Tuebrook and pledges his deep devotion to Liverpool, says: “You’ve got to go back 10 years and remember how dilapidated and derelict buildings were. We were losing historic buildings all over the show.”

    Henry adds: “Some regeneration schemes are not to everyone’s taste, but we were actually losing old buildings because nobody was coming forward with schemes. Now we’re dealing with the problems of success.”

    Henry extracts a piece of paper on which he has laboriously written out criticisms of the Royal Liver Building when new. Neil Gladstone despises it as “monstrous” and Prof Charles Reilly complains of its “lack of harmony”. Previously Sir James Picton dismissed Albert Dock as “a naked pile of bricks”.

    What is Henry’s purpose in this? He says: “Major change will always be controversial and few people will share their views now.”

    Yet if Gladstone, Picton and Reilly knew about Liverpool’s widespread redevelopment they’d be spinning faster in their graves than gas turbines on full throttle.

    The Pier Head is undergoing fundamental change as the controversial new Museum of Liverpool rears up Leviathan-like, along with a new Mersey Ferries riverfront block. The new canal link across it removes vital public green space.

    Both the new Museum scheme and ferries block, already completely transforming the city’s world famous river frontage, only went through on the casting vote of Lady Doreen Jones, the former planning committee chair.

    The Museum scheme involved demolition of Voss Motors, Mann Island, by Herbert Rowse, Liverpool’s most talented and famous architect.

    “It wasn’t one of his best buildings and couldn’t be incorporated into the new scheme,” says Henry. “We’ve worked hard to keep important sight-lines between new buildings,” explains Henry.

    In fact, it’s incredible this was allowed to happen. The English Heritage-listed Mersey Railway pumping station is untouchable in the midst of the scheme which will see three black-granite clad apartment blocks rear up on Mann Island.

    If so much as a potting shed by architects Wren or Lutyens were touched in southern England there would be hysteria in the national press.

    The new Liverpool of towering high rise has not been kept away from the historic city core, as in London, at Canary Wharf.

    Meanwhile, Grosvenor’s vast Liverpool One retail development and regeneration around the Ropewalks/Duke Street area put increasing pressure on another area of historic properties.

    “We’re very concerned about this. I get very angry and frustrated with the big property owners who don’t respond to our advice and warnings and are determined to go-ahead with their schemes,” says Nigel.

    He chews his gum harder than ever and says: “I feel like a spinning top. If I advise refusal of permission to redevelop, the Daily Post business pages accuse me of stifling regeneration.

    “If I give the go-ahead to new schemes then the conservationists are jumping up and down accusing me of destroying Liverpool’s heritage. It’s a no-win situation.”

    peter.elson@dailypost.co.uk

    Source: Liverpool Daily Post

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    1. Hillfoot Lodge Camphill Road built 1840. 2. Ashton Square Woolton built late 1700s. Even the cobbles on the footpath are listed!
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    D-Day for decision on controversial demolition of historic building to make way for shops and offices
    Apr 8 2008
    by David Bartlett, Liverpool Daily Post



    COUNCILLORS will today decide whether to stop the demolition of a historic Liverpool building for the creation of a retail and office development.

    Last month angry members of Liverpool’s planning committee said they were minded to refuse Maghull Developments permission to demolish Josephine Butler House, at the junction of Myrtle Street and Hope Street.

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    Campaigners lose battle to save historic city centre building
    Apr 9 2008
    by Ben Schofield, Liverpool Daily Post

    A HISTORIC Myrtle Street building will be flattened after a £60m development was finally rubber stamped for the site yesterday.

    Josephine Butler House – a former laying-in hospital dating back to 1867 – will be replaced with a six-storey block of offices, shops and restaurants.

    The proposed building was yesterday labelled by heritage campaigners as more befitting for Milton Keynes than Liverpool’s Georgian quarter.

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    Listing status scuppers plan for student flats
    Apr 9 2008
    by Ben Schofield, Liverpool Daily Post

    PLANNERS yesterday threw out an application to demolish the Gregson Memorial Institute on Garmoyle Road, Wavertree after the building was granted Grade II listing in February.

    Trustees of the building had applied to knock it down and build 20 one-bedroom student flats in its place. But the Department for Culture Media and Sport listed the building on advice from English Heritage.

    English Heritage’s report pointed to its eclectic style, individual design and rich interior decor.

    It says the Gregson can boast Old English, Arts & Crafts, and Baroque influences.

    It was built in 1895 by designer A P Fry who was commissioned by Isabella Gregson. It is thought Isabella was the granddaughter of Matthew Gregson, who helped develop the Blue Coat School, the Liverpool Library and the Botanic Gardens.

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    Vulcan Street warehouse (on the Dock Road) has been Listed. The Liverpool Echo states it was one of the first fire-proof buildings built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    The owner, Rob Ainsworth of The Liverpool Heritage Society is a very decent chap indeed, I wish him all the luck in the world, he'll need it with that council. When they have a self inflicted 60m shortfall though, the likes of statues for Chavasse, Epstein or old buildings like this will sadly be bottom of their agenda.
    Hi Ged.
    I've Googled Rob Ainsworth and found the above.

    Greg's Dad.
    I didn't know your famous photo of St George's Place had been issued as a postcard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by king john View Post
    the guy who owns galkoff's and has worked tirelessly in his attempt to save the building is still talking <many years> may i add with the city council and other interested parties. he is only too aware of the state of the adjoining building and is desparate for our city fathers to acknowledge the disrepair and act immediately. the guy in question is liverpool born and bred,who is keen for liverpool to retain as much as possible of its heritage,he was responsible for the listing and we should wish him well in his selfless endeavours.
    I recently met the gentleman who owns Galkoff`s and he used to do a very informative Liverpool history slot on Simon Obrien`s radio show (citytalk.fm) I was struck by his love of Liverpool`s heritage and history and his wealth of knowledge concerning the more obscure history of the city and some of its more notable residents. He recently published an excellent article in the Liverpool History Society 2009 Journal on Liverpool Dockmaster William Hutchinson. If you ever get the oppertunity to read it you will be amazed.

    I hope LCC and Liverpool Vision stop giving him the grief some of thier employees relish heaping on him. He should be nominated as Liverpool`s heritage champion as Wirral council have a similar scheme.

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    To add my twopence worth to this interesting thread...

    People may wonder, generally-speaking, why so many listed buildings can be de-listed and demolished.

    English Heritage deal with planning-related matters relating to Grade I and II* listings only. That means that thier considerable weight and influence generaly can not be brought to bear with regard to Grade II listed building applications.

    The fact is that matters concerning Grade II listed buildings are dealt with by the local authority i.e. the local district or city council. As Grade II listings make up approximately 90% of all designated buildings nationwide, the majority of listed building applications for alteration or demolition are dealt with by these authorities. However, it should be common practice for the local council, through their conservation teams, to at least inform EH of any proposals regarding the treatment of Grade II buildings, particularly if demolition is proposed.

    The treatment of listed and historic buildings should be embedded in policy in the Local Plan. I havent checked the Liverpool City Local Plan, or the plans of the adjacent Borough Councils, but local policy towards the protection of listed buildings should be similar from plan to plan, given the statutory designation. If planning consent for listed building demolitions are happening in a relatively short space of time on a large scale, questions need to be asked about either the robustness, or otherwise, of local policy, or how much the council planning committees are listening to their own Conservation Teams. Evidently not much in this case, I'd wager. However, Liverpool is perhaps unique in being a place where there has been large-scale dereliction and neglect over the years, sending many buildings past the point of no return in times when large-scale re-development was rare (i.e the 70s and 80s). Not being familiar with the buildings mentioned on this thread so far, I'm not in a postion to comment.

    Many local councils have policies for the protection of non-statutorily designated buildings. These are commonly referred to as Locally Listed buildings. The local list can include historic buildings that have failed to make the EH criteria of listing, but are worthy of protection in the planning process. Again, their treatment depends on the robustness of policy in the Local Plan. It would be interesting to know if Liverpool CC have a local list, and if so how far they test planning applications for alteration and demolition against their policy for them.

    If any local authority Conservation Officer wants to step in here and clarify things, please do so. Although I am a heritage professional, I have to say listed and historic buildings are not my area of expertise!

    Get stuck in, guys and gals.......

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