Our client, the innovative charity “Housing People, Building Communities”, has made a planning application to Liverpool City Council to convert the derelict St Bernard’s Church, on Kingsley Road, Toxteth, into 11 residential units within the former church and 5 units in the grounds.
The former church building has been gifted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool. Designed by Pugin & Pugin (sons of Augustus Pugin famous for designing the interior of Westminster Place), St Bernard’s Church was built in 1901 and is Gothic in style.
TEP provided bat surveys to support the application and during the surveys we had the pleasure of meeting the parish priest Fr. Peter Morgan, who is delighted that the building will be permanently preserved and, subject to planning permission, brought back into vibrant use as part of a community-led, low cost housing development.
HPBC have already built 32 houses for local people next door to St. Bernard’s using a self-build concept – known as ‘sweat equity’ – where the incoming residents contribute 500 hours of their own time and labour in return for a deposit on their homes that is worth £10,000.
Image (C) Ainsley Gommon Architects