Listed Town House expertly refurbished

Leading North West building contractor, HMS has revitalised a Grade II listed Georgian Town House in south Liverpool. Working for client Steve Biko, the £300k project is a significant factor in the regeneration of the area.

The refurbished building backs on to the major redevelopment of the famous Liverpool Welsh streets. This is a key social initiative and investment, keeping Liverpool communities alive by restoring old properties to modern living standards.

The ten month project was completed on time and to budget and the house is now comprised of 4 apartments with a garden access basement flat. The scope of works included re-roofing, complete basement tanking, removal of plaster, full re-wiring and plumbing. The rear garden was also re-turfed and landscaped along with the refurbishment and repainting of the listed render façade to the front and rear elevations.

The house had been vacant for a number of years and therefore presented some challenges for the team. After the fabric of the basement was uncovered, the building superstructure was found to be unstable and dangerous. HMS’s commitment to delivering quality construction is evidenced in the completed remedial work. This involved rebuilding existing basement walls and inserting a substantial structural steel frame to ensure the integrity and safety of the upper floors.

The main innovation that HMS introduced on this development was a reversal of the programme sequence, re-working the programme to flow from the top of the house downwards whilst the structural faults in the basement were rectified. This initiative helped to substantially mitigate delays.

Steve Biko was extremely pleased with the result, and due to high demand in the area, families were able to move into the rented accommodation immediately upon the project’s completion.

Paul Worthington Managing Director at HMS commented: “This is our second successful development project for the client within the same year. As a company, we’re accustomed to working with original features and preserving the character of a listed building, as can also be seen in our development of the Grade II listed Ogden’s Clock Tower. We achieved the very best results providing high specification living while retaining the detail and qualities associated with such an attractive Georgian styled property.”