Plans to develop historic Liverpool buildings submitted

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Two historic buildings in Liverpool could be converted into an office scheme under new plans…

LABB Developments has submitted a planning application to Liverpool City Council to convert two historic buildings into usable spaces.

The development within Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site would see 11-13 Cheapside and 10 Hockenhall Alley off Dale Street converted into offices.

The full planning application included proposals to restore the neglected Grade II-listed building.

Built in 1884, 11-13 Cheapside was a former warehouse. However, it has stood empty for a number years. As such the roof has been damaged by the weather, as has the original timber floor structure. This means part of the building is unsafe and would need significant attention to make it usable.

10 Hockehall Alley was built in the late 18th century and has also been vacant for a number of years. Parts of the building will need replacing as a result, with particular attention required on the first and second floors.

The plans include restoring Hockehall Alley to create a reception area on the ground floor. A five storey extension at the rear will form a new feature staircase. The space at Cheapside would be used as offices and meeting rooms.

BLOK Architecture worked on the scheme alongside planning consultant Roman Summer Associates.

A statement regarding the project said: “BLOK Architecture has been commissioned to develop a proposal that will provide a mixture of apartments, offices, restaurant and retail space, of which this application is one component.

“Through delivering a high-quality architectural response, the project aims to develop a key vacant site and positively contribute to the local area.

“This proposal seeks to reinstate 10 Hockenhall Alley and 11-13 Cheapside as important historical assets to the city of Liverpool.

“Through returning them to full use and restoring them both inside and out, their qualities will emanate once again to be appreciated by users and passers-by.”

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