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Old January 18th, 2016, 11:22 AM   #1
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Buildings being converted into apartments.

The thread could probably do with a better name but with so many buildings being converted into apartments, I thought it would be a good idea to have somewhere to put them all. Strand Plaza, Wellington Building and here Tower Buildings, there's been quite a few others recently too so I felt combined they all warrant their own thread.

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Contractor appointed for Tower Building revamp

Property services provider headoffice3 has been appointed as main contractor for the conversion of two floors of Liverpool's Tower Building (pictured) to create 32 luxury apartments.

The £5m investment into the listed Edwardian building involves renovations to the exterior terracotta and granite façade, window repairs, a new roof and terraces.

Work on the building, which is located opposite the Liver Building on the Strand, is expected to take just over 12 months to complete.

Glen Harding, chief executive of headoffice3, said: "This is one of the most exciting projects we've ever worked on.

"The building is a fantastic work of art and we are delighted that we've been chosen as architect and lead contractor on this development which will significantly restore the historic monument."
https://www.insidermedia.com/insider...uilding-revamp
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Old January 18th, 2016, 02:38 PM   #2
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This building
Not sure what the deal is here, but the majority of this building is already residential.

I assume this will be the lower floors. It's not a great location for offices I have to say, the Strand is quite a windswept place.

This may actually benefit the existing residents in the building, as it will remove any constraints in terms of going Right to Manage, which is only available to properties with > 75% residential, as well as I suppose providing more neighbours to share the service charge with, and having greater control over who is in the building at any time.

This thread
I would suggest that while there is probably a need for this this kind of discussion, it probably shouldn't focus on specific buildings, but more concentrate around policy and economic outlook. Otherwise it will just be a depression feed, and perhaps contribute to self-fulfilling in terms of "confidence".

The short story is, Liverpool is being sold down the river by this government in policy and promotion and investment, and SOME are only too happy to see this happen for various reasons.

However, this is caveated with the reason why this thread probably really needs deleting and taking to a friendlier, more constructive space, because you can probably expect before long some bigoted troll coming along to tell us it's actually because we're in Liverpool and that Liverpool is a waste of space, etc, etc, and the conversation being pointless and going downhill rapidly in a mire of anti-Liverpool online propaganda.
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Old January 18th, 2016, 04:41 PM   #3
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Princes Building, Citrus House, ex Rooney Solicitors Stanley St, Moorfields, 105-109 Dale St................. one area of town definitely changing in profile
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Old January 18th, 2016, 04:46 PM   #4
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Add in West Africa House , that office building on Old Hall Street which Signature Living have bought .....Wellington House and Mersey House on the Strand.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 09:08 AM   #5
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Hi guys - Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. Apartments in Halifax House on Fenwick Street No. 5 are being advertised for sales overseas - prices range from 150K (1 bed) to 210K (2 bed). Is that right in the middle of town? Is rental demand strong in that area? I was told that Halifax was a recently restored building. Any information anybody could provide would be useful. Thanks in advance.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 10:04 AM   #6
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The 1 beds have been going for £500-£550 pcm.

It's certainly not a bad location, near the waterfront, Liverpool one on the door step, central business district the other way.

Can't speak for the building itself, I don't know if it's been refurbished or not, the pictures I've seen look okay, fairly low spec finishes.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 11:02 AM   #7
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Hi guys - Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. Apartments in Halifax House on Fenwick Street No. 5 are being advertised for sales overseas - prices range from 150K (1 bed) to 210K (2 bed). Is that right in the middle of town? Is rental demand strong in that area? I was told that Halifax was a recently restored building. Any information anybody could provide would be useful. Thanks in advance.
This is in the area of James Street:
http://digitalmediateam.co.uk/wp-con...Rental-Map.png

Demand for decent, normal apartments in the city centre has been strong for quite a number of years.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 11:40 AM   #8
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Planners approve conversion of Liverpool school buildings into apartments

A Liverpool school said a plan to convert part of its building into apartments is “crucial” to its future.

Headteacher Sister Brigid Halligan urged the planning committee which met at Liverpool town hall to approve plans for new apartments and parking spaces in four of Bellerive FCJ Catholic College’s buildings near Princes Park.

But the school faced opposition from local councillors including Green party leader Tom Crone, as well as Trevor Skempton from Merseyside Civic Society.

Mr Skempton told the planning committee that the gardens at the back of the school buildings on Windermere Terrace form part of the edge of the listed park.

He said: “I am absolutely in favour of the conversion of the buildings – but the lawns at the back should not be sacrificed.”

Mr Skempton said using the lawns was “a lazy option” and another parking solution should be found.

However, Sister Halligan told the committee that this was “a very important development for the school”.

The planning application sought permission for the school to convert Victorian villas Silvermore and Culmore which front on to Windermere Terrace along with a more recently built technology block and drama hall into 44 apartments, plus 44 car parking spaces.

She said: “About 45% of our children are on free school meals and many are from the local area – we want to give them the best faciltiies.”

Councillors on the planning committee approved the plans, and after the meeting Sister Halligan said she was delighted the scheme had been given the go ahead.

She said: “This is an opportunity to bring the schools in the city up to the standards of this century.”

Sister Halligan said the school was relying on funds from the sale of the site to pay for a new modern teaching block in the school grounds and added: “That is why today is so crucial.

“We have nothing by praise for the co-operation we have had from the city of Liverpool and Mayor Joe Anderson in working with us.

“The project is entirely self-funded and the proceeds of the sale of this site will be re-invested into the replacement building – and we’re delighted to be able to be able to achieve that at no cost to the tax payer.”

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Home from work: The fusion of Liverpool’s commercial and residential areas

Your Move looks at the impact these measures are having on Liverpool’s residential landscape

http://www.yourmovemagazine.com/home-from-work/13853
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Home from work: The fusion of Liverpool’s commercial and residential areas

Your Move looks at the impact these measures are having on Liverpool’s residential landscape

http://www.yourmovemagazine.com/home-from-work/13853
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Contrary to what Liverpool City Council believed – it applied for swatches of the city centre to be excluded from the rules, only to be turned down – the measures haven’t resulted in swarms of commercial property being converted into residential accommodation. However, with the measures now permanent, conversions are beginning to hit their stride.
Excellent.

The one time the council had a bit of foresight and took a sensible approach, it was rejected and now it's resulting in the predicted free-for-all, and nothing can be done.
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Old March 5th, 2016, 11:21 PM   #11
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I don't believe that to be quite correct, that instead powers under the localism act, setting in firm local plans stating what can and cannot go in particular areas, could be used. It would be good to see an article quoting someone other than a residential property agent, in order to give a balanced view! Where will all these people work? And why would they live in Liverpool, if they have to go to Manchester to get a decent job?
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“Converting these buildings will attract residents into the city who will also make it easier for future employers to consider Liverpool as a suitable office destination due to the increased pool of talent,”
http://www.yourmovemagazine.com/home-from-work/13853
That is if those companies can find somewhere for their businesses to live! And if those conversions do indeed attract a "pool of talent", rather than a decreased quality of life driving out people who can afford to choose where to live.

The article states that the temporary rights from 2013 didn't create a rush to conversion of "under-utilised" office buildings. Quite.

And given our economy is stronger in 2016 than it was in 2013, I find it strange that no one is asking the glaringly obvious question as to why or how it can be that in 2016 all of a sudden there is now a flood of "underutilised" commercial buildings springing forth for the residential makeover. The answer is bleedingly obvious, and the city should have been preparing for today the moment that application to protect was rejected.
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Old April 14th, 2016, 04:50 PM   #12
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I thought this would be the most appropriate thread for this. According to City Residential's latest update, Silkhouse Court is being reclad for its conversion -

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The latest office building to be targeted for conversion to residential is the prominent Silkhouse Court located on the corner of Tithebarn Street and Bixteth Street in the heart of the commercial district. The exciting proposals include the recladding and extension of the existing footprint to provide a total of 193 apartments including studio, one and two bedrooms. The apartments will benefit from panoramic views from the upper floors across the city and towards North Wales.
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Better quality images, due to start on site in a few weeks.


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I thought this would be the most appropriate thread for this. According to City Residential's latest update, Silkhouse Court is being reclad for its conversion -



And the (bad quality) photo provided -


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Bad quality architecture as well, shocking
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Everton Mint. Can't wait to see what happens to the DP&E tower when the finally comes up for residential conversion....
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Better quality images, due to start on site in a few weeks.
Nice one.
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Old April 14th, 2016, 06:08 PM   #17
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Silkhouse Court is pretty ugly but not as ugly as the Corn Exchange


http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/...apart-11075769

I'm sure it seemed OK in 1967. The bulbous shape is all it has going for it.

Going to be an Apart hotel.
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Old April 14th, 2016, 06:33 PM   #18
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Almost anything is better than Silkhouse Courts precast pebbled dash.
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Old April 14th, 2016, 10:44 PM   #19
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actually like them both, glad they are being reused again
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Again? They're not some long lost assets that have just been gathering dust. They were being used until pretty recently. As offices.
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