Used to provide for many now given the grade two listed status!

Posted: 07/08/2014

Liverpool is known for many of its historic monuments along with the huge amount of listed buildings located in the city. Tourists flock from both near and far to experience what Liverpool has to offer and often go away completely satisfied.

The latest building that had entered the list of graded buildings is the Joseph Heap & Sons Rice mill which is located on Park Lane in the Baltic triangle, Liverpool. This mill was being used up until 2005 and from then on has been disused and left to crumble.

Many officials have suggested turning the dilapidated building into a series of luxury apartments however; the most recent proposal has seen ideas of tearing down the building to make way for future developments. Shortly after the proposal in July 2014, a campaign had been formed in an attempt to save this historic landmark from destruction and it has also been given a further boost as it is now registered as a listed building.

Joseph Heap & Sons LTD rice mill has been listed as a grade two building after being inspected by the English Heritage. Back in March the application to make the mill a listed building had been put forward courtesy of the Merseyside Civic Society. Prior to an application that had been submitted by Seychelles-based One Park Limited to redevelop the site into numerous luxury apartments.

On behalf of One Park Lane, Elliott Lawless stated that the organisation had been discussing if there is any way in which the mill could be retained in its scheme however, without the benefit of a tax payer grant this idea would be extremely difficult.

Mr Lawless continued to say;
“Without grant there’s the risk of further decay whilst we wait to see if the market moves far enough to plug the gap. The figures didn’t stack up at the height of the last boom so I’m sceptical that they might this time around, if I’m honest. There’s a further risk that our funding partners switch their focus to schemes that can offer a more immediate return so I’ve got some work to do my end in that regard. They want to invest in Liverpool and like where the city’s headed so I’m hopeful we can keep them on-board”.

Chairman of the Merseyside Civic Society, Peter Brown said he hoped that the news will mean any future development will have to contain as much of the original mill design as possible in order to keep its history alive.

He also added; 

“We’re very pleased that the process had gone through in a timely manner. Hopefully it (the building being listed) will be valuable in the case for retaining the building. It is an important part of the city’s history.”

Nicole Cran, Pali Ltd

www.paliltd.com

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