The Grade II listed building designed by Sir Alfred Waterhouse in 1890 was the original Liverpool Royal Infirmary. The University of Liverpool appointed our team to repair and restore Block F for use by the School of Medicine. Our challenge was to deliver a modern and flexible environment that met end users’ needs and respected the building’s listed status; all within the University’s tight deadline.
Because of the building’s listed status and unusual construction, we carried out comprehensive condition surveys and identified several necessary repairs. We liaised closely with Liverpool City Council’s Conservation Officer and prepared a heritage statement and conservation management plan to explain and justify the proposed work. This eased the approvals process and the local authority granted consent with only a few minor conditions that had no cost or time implications.
Our work represents a subtle blend of sensitive interventions that complement and enhance the restored original features. We repaired and refurbished the building and restored the remaining original finishes. We redeveloped the large circular wards as an open plan office to encourage teamwork between people from different specialisms. Other new facilities include private offices, and meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment.
The project was shortlisted in the Conservation Category of the RICS North West Awards 2016 and has had an extremely positive impact within the University.
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.