William Eichler 23 October 2015

Liverpool to invest in at-risk historic buildings

More than £50m could be invested in Liverpool’s most at-risk historic buildings.

A report to the city council’s cabinet outlines the city’s 25 heritage priorities for the immediate future and, on 30 October, council members will be asked to commit to prioritising buildings, based upon their eligibility for funding from organisations such as Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Historic England.

The idea is to capitalise on Liverpool’s recent success which has seen the number of historically significant listed buildings deemed to be at-risk fall to a 24 year low of 2.6% – half the national average.

Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: ‘We have had tremendous success in bringing back into use dilapidated and rundown buildings, and our record is among the best in the country.

‘It is just several years since gems such as the Royal Insurance Building and the north warehouse at Stanley Dock were under real threat, but by working proactively with the private sector we’ve been able to find new ways of bringing them back into use, preserving them for future generations.’

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