Constructed of blue and red brick with terracotta detailing, it is an iconic building within the Liverpool docks and wider community. It dominates the dockland skyline and deserved to be rescued after years of disrepair.
In 2018 Harcourt Developments, responsible for works at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter and more locally the adjacent Titanic Hotel, began a £130m programme of redevelopment to transform the building into a complex of luxury apartments and mixed commercial space, boosting the regeneration of the Ten Streets area of Liverpool.
We were asked in early 2021 to get involved with some of the brick repairs and help tackle the replacement of bespoke terracotta to the parapets and apexes over 38m above the docks and streets below. A complex project needed some innovative ways of working to ensure the pieces, some of which weighing over 200kg, can be safely installed at such heights. The team, including colleagues from Abercorn Construction, Darwen Terracotta, Masonry Design and Burleigh Stone saw works on this phase of the project finally commence in September 2021.
We’re hoping for a calm and mild winter to ensure these conservation works continue to progress on a challenging site exposed to the elements!