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    Isn't there already a thread for this, anyways......

    A DERELICT Liverpool hospital at the centre of a restoration row is up for sale.

    Campaigners have fought for years for Newsham Park hospital, a landmark on the ECHO’s Stop the Rot hitlist, to be regenerated.

    Now the grade II listed Liverpool site is being marketed by owner Gateway Properties.

    But Tuebrook councillor Steve Radford today said he was fed up with a lack of action and wanted to set the wheels in motion which could lead to compulsory purchase of the building.

    He said: “We’ve had three or four planning applications in the past and we’re frustrated.

    “Unless the council moves rapidly towards a CPO I believe the building will be lost.”

    Cllr Berni Turner, the city’s executive member for the environment, met Cllr Radford and Newsham Park campaigners this week.

    She said: “We’ve now got a clearly defined strategy to move forward, and the owners need to understand we’re not prepared to let this building sit and rot – we’ll take whatever steps necessary to bring it back to life.”

    In a separate twist, council conservation chiefs said they were planning to write to Gateway demanding a series of repairs to the site.

    If the company fails to comply, a formal repairs notice will be served which could also pave the way to a CPO.



    Last year Gateway Properties apologised at a Stop the Rot forum for the lack of action. Now it is marketing the Orphan Drive building.

    But one property company, Manchester-based Opal Property Group, which has looked at the site, says the scale of renovation would be “exceedingly difficult without sig-nificant public funding.”

    Previous plans have included building flats on the site to make the restoration financially viable.

    A council spokesman said: “We anticipate any plan would require enabling development in the grounds to make it financially viable.”

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    I really hope this building is restored,it's sad seeing it in its dormant state.

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    I don't remember seeing a thread, at least not in the 'developments' section. About time something was done with the place. I had a chat with the caretaker there a while back, and although there are smashed windows here and there, the place is reasonably secure.

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    Kev.
    I don't think there is a separate thread, but there were quite a few posts in the Postcard thread, which changed its name to this:
    http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/sho...am+park&page=4
    Last edited by PhilipG; 07-25-2007 at 03:17 PM.

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    This has been going on for years. Last year the owners were told that they
    had 2 months to start renovations or the council would step in.
    The building has a live in caretaker, who has a BIG! dog. I have seen inside
    and it is fantastic very little damage and it would be a shame if flats were
    built on the site. Gateway properies were hoping to sell the site but would
    be buyers want the land, not really interested in the building unless they
    get millions in grants, yet another Liverpool building under threat.

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    Yeah, the caretaker caught me when I was having a sniff around! Sound guy though when he realised I wasn't up to anything bad.

    I'm just glad that there are people campaigning for it's preservation. So many of the old Victorian institutions have been demolished over the last few decades. Plus I'm a fan of Waterhouse's architecture, and it would be a total waste to have that replaced by some shoddy modern flats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snappel View Post
    Yeah, the caretaker caught me when I was having a sniff around! Sound guy though when he realised I wasn't up to anything bad.

    I'm just glad that there are people campaigning for it's preservation. So many of the old Victorian institutions have been demolished over the last few decades. Plus I'm a fan of Waterhouse's architecture, and it would be a total waste to have that replaced by some shoddy modern flats.
    Yes he is OK. I was fortunate to go with a group of people for a look
    inside, it like a time warp, most of the internal doors are boarded so access
    to the wards etc is impossible and of course with the bobby shop next door.
    People often confuse the building by calling it Newsham hospital, when it
    is the Park hospital, Newsham general, now well demolished was off Belmont
    Rd and was a massive ex workhouse, I did my hospital radio stint there in the
    late 70,s. I will when time permits go and see the caretaker as I wasn't
    allowed to photo the inside..

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    Same old story.

    Council takes control over a building and leaves it to rot away for 20 years.

    Suddenly it is too far gone to be saved and has to be demolished.

    Flats suddenly spring up on the site, and the council go and polish their gold plated taps in their office.

    Grade 1/2 listed doesn't mean a jot these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadfael View Post
    Same old story.

    Council takes control over a building and leaves it to rot away for 20 years.

    Suddenly it is too far gone to be saved and has to be demolished.

    Flats suddenly spring up on the site, and the council go and polish their gold plated taps in their office.

    Grade 1/2 listed doesn't mean a jot these days.
    This is just the point, Park hospital is in very good condition hardly any
    damage at all, unlike some buildings that, like you rightly say have been
    left to rot, look at the old deva hospital, slowly falling to bits.
    Now is then time to do something, not umm and arrr like the council does.

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    This is a loverly building, but theres all ready been a fire in some of the out buildings, how much longer before its the main building.
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    Heres a close up of the damage.

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    I believe that's the boiler house, although it was originally a swimming bath for the orphans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snappel View Post
    I believe that's the boiler house, although it was originally a swimming bath for the orphans.
    You are correct, there was a swimming pool for boys only. Some of the out
    buildings were training workshops for the orphans to teach them a trade
    such as boot making and carpentry

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    that is one place i would love to look around

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