While so far this year we’ve had four THI project buildings complete, Atherton Street public realm complete and several successful events, performances and training days, work continues ‘behind the scenes’ to make the big things happen.
Work ‘behind the scenes’ includes our two most recent Partnership Board meetings: one on 1 August 2016 and the other on 21 September 2016.
What happened at these meetings? Read on…
Oven-ready: Full Grant Approval: 44 Eccleston Street
This is one of the Priority Buildings of the THI and works should start on site in October, as the building owners have a tenant business lined up to occupy the building as soon as it’s ready. While the building might look a bit forlorn now, this might well be the longest it’s been empty in over a century, so now is the perfect time to get the building ship-shape.
The works include partial re-building of the front elevation – the stone gutter is leaking into the wall and the wall itself is bellying outwards – shopfront restoration, window restoration, works to the roof and gutters and reinstatement of the chimney.
Once the works start on site, I’ll be back on this very blog with details about the building’s history and architectural value.
Residenti-Ale: Outline Grant Approval: the Hope and Anchor, High Street
At August’s Board meeting, outline grant approval was granted for a scheme to repair, restore and convert the Hope and Anchor, a landmark on High Street. And Hope Street. And Leyland Street. Now that the outline approval is in place the building owner and their architect are working up a full schedule of repairs and detailed drawings for the planning, building control and grant applications.
This substantial Edwardian pub will be the single biggest building project of the entire THI. The upper floors have been empty for decades, while facing onto Hope Street is a lovely little coach house that has been underused for many decades. All of the empty floorspace over the pub will be made into flats (four in all) while the coach house will become a self-contained house. This is all of course subject to planning approval!
The building is in generally good condition, but repairs will be likely to the roof, chimneys and gutters, while a close look at the front elevation reveals terracotta cladding that has broken or weathered in places. Then there’s the windows – the existing wooden ones appear to have replaced the original metal framed windows. We will look to restore these to the building.
The coach house is in generally sound condition but given its original use as an outbuilding a lot of work will be needed to make it into a habitable dwelling. We will do this without harming its traditional character and appearance and it should be a very interesting conversion. I think it will make a great little house for some lucky people.
The building has an interesting history, which will be covered in a future blog. I’ll also keep you updated on this scheme’s progress.
Beautifying the Salon: Outline Grant Approval: 46 Eccleston Street
Next door to the aforementioned 44 Eccleston Street, this purpose-built shop from circa 1900 had outline grant approval from our Partnership Board at its August meeting.
While there are repairs needed to the roof and rainwater goods, the biggest elements will be the restoration of the building: taking all that paint off the brickwork to reveal the original detailing, restoring sash window details upstairs and last but not least, restoring the shopfront and removing that external rollershutter.
The transformation here could be as dramatic as the first THI building, 40 High Street-, where paint was removed from the brickwork and a traditional shopfront was reinstated.
Unlike 40 High Street, with 46 Eccleston Street we are in the fortunate position of having a historic photo from the 1920s (so within 25 years of the building being built) that shows the shopfront very clearly. This photo will be key to the building’s restoration.
A Renaissance for … erm … Renaissance
Work should start in October on shopfont and window restoration at 7 and 9 Leyland Street, better known as Renaissance Skincare and Beauty.
Market Place Apace
The consultation for the redesign of the public open space at Market Place is now complete. Did you know over 150 people attended the final session in Prescot Shopping Centre on Saturday 3rd September?
Thank you to all who took part and to Placed for doing such an excellent job running the consultation workshops, events and practical sessions. The information from each and every session will feed into the design brief for the space.
No more puns, please!
I’ll quit while I’m a-head. Neigh more from me!