Derelict church to be converted into 15 apartments

Plans for St Mary's church

Architect Falconer Chester Hall has secured planning approval and listed building consent for the conversion of St Mary’s Church, Waterloo, today (Ocotber 11), via delegated powers from Sefton Council.

St Mary’s church was originally built in 1887 and is a Grade II-listed building, located within the Waterloo Park Conservation Area, Liverpool.

The church, currently derelict has fallen into a state of disrepair and is vulnerable to further deterioration.

The scheme has been designed for Winter Melia Developments, specialists in the conversion of listed buildings and churches providing modern living accommodation.

Robert Brym, associate director at Falconer Chester Hall, which has bases in Liverpool, Manchester, London and Kuala Lumpur, said: “The approval of this planning application allows the sensitive conversion of St Mary’s church into 15 apartments whilst retaining the inherent character and securing the future of the building over the long term.

“The conversion will include a number of duplex apartments, 15 car parking spaces, two of which are for electric vehicles, and 15 cycle spaces. The original features have been sympathetically incorporated into the design and the pulpit and font will be relocated into the residents’ lobby.

“Externally, there are two tree-lined amenity spaces,” added Rob.

Phil Melia, director for Winter Melia Developments, said: “We could see the potential that St Mary’s church offered and it is great news that planning and listed building consent has been granted today so we can move forward with this project to bring this wonderful heritage building back in to use.”

Other consultants include Clancy Consulting (engineering), AEC Acoustic and Engineering Consultants, Vectors (transport), Liath Heritage and Design, Lally Tree Management, The Tyrer Partnership (ecological).

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