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New lease of life for historic Eldon Grove tenement building



Eldon Grove in Vauxhall looks set to be transferred to Liverpool Mutual Homes

A historic Liverpool tenement block looks set for a bright new future.

Eldon Grove in Vauxhall is in the process of being transferred to housing group Liverpool Mutual Homes.

The 90-year-old building is the last remaining original-style tenement building in the city.

Kirkdale councillor Malcolm Kennedy took to Twitter to welcome the news.

He said the transfer was currently going through the legal process and that a planning application for the site was expected in September.

The building’s plight has been highlighted in the ECHO’s successful Stop The Rot campaign.

In 2002 Shine Developments signed a 125-year lease with the freeholder Liverpool City Council and planned to convert the building into luxury flats.

Eldon Grove was originally constructed as part of a labourers’ village and was officially opened by the Countess of Derby in 1912.

It was the first accommodation in the city to consist of blocks of balcony- access flats. It is now recognised as an important part of Liverpool’s architectural heritage.

It was last used as student accommodation, but has stood derelict for years.
 

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Historic tenement building Eldon Grove could get summer rebirth

A historic Liverpool tenement block could begin its new future as early as next summer.

Eldon Grove in Vauxhall will be turned into 45 new homes if Liverpool councillors give plans the go-ahead.

The ECHO revealed in July the 90-year-old building was in the process of being transferred to housing group Liverpool Mutual Homes and that a planning application was due to be submitted in September.

Three months later and that still hasn’t happened but Liverpool council says progress has been made with legal discussions and a new lease of life for the site is not far off.

Eldon Grove is the last remaining original-style tenement building in the city and the building’s plight has previously been highlighted in the ECHO’s successful Stop The Rot campaign.

A spokesman for Liverpool council told the Sunday ECHO: “We are making good progress with sorting out the legal issues associated with the site so that we can deliver a scheme in partnership with Liverpool Mutual Homes which will deliver 45 affordable properties and bring a listed building back into use.

“A report is being prepared for the cabinet to consider, and subject to their approval and planning permission we hope that work will start on site by next summer.”

Eldon Grove was originally constructed as part of a labourers’ village and was officially opened by the Countess of Derby in 1912.

It was the first accommodation in the city to consist of blocks of balcony- access flats.

The tenement building is now recognised as an important part of Liverpool’s architectural heritage. It was last used as student accommodation, but has stood derelict for years.

Legendary Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly was once pictured watching a game of street football at one of the Eldon Grove flats.
 

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This isn't the only example of balcony fronted tenements in Liverpool. Only about half a mile away St Anne's Court is still standing and fully occupied with private tenants/owners..... and in good condition too.
 

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Tom, I'm pretty sure it's 1931.
You may be right GV.... I know that there is an engraved stone on the side of the old block.....I just had it in my head that it had a 1920's date on it, because I remembered thinking that these were early examples of that type of tenement. I'm glad they survived as they are now well kept and provide a contrast to the boxes over the road, and a tiny reminder of the dense tenement blocks that used to fill that area.
 

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at long last, one of my favourites alongside the welsh cathedral

the sad state of such a beautiful, classy and historic complex of tenements was for me a symbol of liverpool's decadence, now that it is going to be brought back to life it is undoubtedly going to become an iconic complex of super stylish flats any city worldwide would die for...already looking forward to your pics of this one!!
 

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It mentions that developers are to buy land at the closed Trinity School site? The trinity school is in use and doesn't have any land to sale. Does it mean the Eldon Street School site? Maybe to develop into houses?
 

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It mentions that developers are to buy land at the closed Trinity School site? The trinity school is in use and doesn't have any land to sale. Does it mean the Eldon Street School site? Maybe to develop into houses?

It may mean the land where the old Our Lady's of Reconciliation school stood (my old school as a matter of fact). It moved and merged with two other primaries to become what is now the Trinity.
 

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It may mean the land where the old Our Lady's of Reconciliation school stood (my old school as a matter of fact). It moved and merged with two other primaries to become what is now the Trinity.
Yeah, it will be Our Lady's. I know there are plans for that entire site to become a new housing estate and flats. Don't know who the developer is but safe to assume it's the firm mentioned in the article.
 

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Some final images of Eldon Grove before it undergoes renovations -

Take a last look at Grade II listed Eldon Grove before renovations begin

These fascinating images could be the last taken of a historic Liverpool tenement block before it finally undergoes a £6.6 million renovation.

Under plans being considered by the city’s cabinet the Grade II listed Eldon Grove in Vauxhall will be converted into 45 affordable one and two bedroom apartments.

The 93-year-old building is the last remaining original-style tenement building in the city and its plight has been highlighted in the ECHO’s successful Stop The Rot campaign.

Eldon Grove was the first accommodation in the city to consist of blocks of balcony-accessed flats and is now recognised as an important part of Liverpool’s architectural heritage.
Article continues at (and pictures are at) - http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/nostalgia/take-last-look-grade-ii-9512960
 

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Eldon Grove has a light at the end of the tunnel

A casual observer would be forgiven for thinking Eldon Grove was beyond repair - but new plans have proved there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

The long-forgotten and abandoned building was the first example of council flats outside of London - with their historic importance earning them a Grade II listed status.

Situated in Vauxhall, the imposing structure has since been left open to the elements and is a shadow of its former self - a thriving community of residents, and in later years students.

However, plans are now under foot to bring Eldon Grove back to its former glory over the next two years.

The Eldonians, a community based housing association are working closely with Liverpool City Council and JGLT who own the leasehold on the site.

A planning application to restore Eldon Grove into private properties is set to be submitted before Christmas, and a representative for The Eldonians says they are hoping enabling works will start in January.

A spokesperson said: “We’re hoping to have it completed within a time frame of 18 months, once planning has been approved.

“The Eldonians are working closely with the council, particularly Nick Cavanagh to bring it back to its former glory and we’re hoping to submit a planning application in December.

“We want to bring it back to what it was because it help to re-generate the area, and I’m sure local residents will agree that it’s been a bit of an eye sore and they’d like to see it worked on."

Eldon Grove was the first accommodation in the city to consist of blocks of balcony-accessed flats and is now recognised as an important part of Liverpool’s architectural heritage.

It was originally constructed as part of a labourers’ village and was officially opened by the Countess of Derby in 1912 and was last used as student accommodation, but has stood derelict ever since.

Legendary Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly was once pictured watching a game of street football at one of the Eldon Grove flats.

Documents prepared for the cabinet say Eldon Grove, which is currently classed as a “Building at Risk”, will be able to be brought back into use with developers confident refurbishment could start during the summer.

A report which went before the council in April said the development costs are estimated to be in the region of £6.6 million.

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http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/stop-rot-eldon-grove-light-10551336

Earlier this year a done enthusiast showcased the beauty of Eldon Grove from the skies.

Michael Ahmed, who works for Icarus UAV said that drones offer a great alternative view to some of the city’s most famous buildings.

He said: “We made the Eldon Grove one because I knew there would be people from Scotland Road and the city centre interested to see it.”

Icarus UAV Ltd is a specialist drone company offering CAA approved UAV services including aerial inspections, land surveys, imagery and video aswell as topographical date delivery and were recently commissioned by Sefton council to film the new Thornton to Switch Island bypass.

Contact [email protected].
 

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eldonians have a rather brilliant record as far as comprenhensive redevelopment and human scale urban planning are concerned, don´t they

if so, eldon grove fits perfectly and will rather reinforce the wave of regeneration around the stanley dock district
 
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