Heritage listing for Rice Mill

Heap's Rice Mill has been awarded grade 2-listed status by English Heritage, after an application to demolish the mill to make way for five residential towers was submitted to Liverpool City Council.

Developer One Park Lane outlined proposals in June for the Joseph Heap & Son site and adjacent car park in the Baltic Triangle. The mill site was to see five blocks of between 10 and 25 storeys in height, with a further two towers built on the car park. The £130m scheme would deliver 800 apartments.

Merseyside Civic Society made an application to English Heritage to list the site in March, ahead of the planning application. Permission for demolition was refused by council officers in July.

Heaps Mill CGIThe building is now grade 2 on the list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. In order to demolish the warehouse permission has to be obtained from the secretary of state.

Following a site visit, the English Heritage report said: "Heap's Rice Mill is not only one of the earliest, but one of the last surviving warehouse complexes in this area, serving as an important physical reminder of the area's rich trading links and mercantile history."

Speaking on behalf of One Park Lane, developer Elliot Lawless said: "We've been enjoying some productive discussions with the council about how to incorporate the mill into our wider ambitions for the site and we're aiming to submit plans for a revised scheme by the end of August. The listing doesn't alter this.

"It's important to understand that without grant to stabilise the building and help reconfigure its interior it simply isn't viable in the current market. Values aren't high enough to justify the investment needed.

"There's a further risk that our funding partners switch their focus to schemes that can offer a more immediate return so I've got some work to do my end in that regard. They want to invest in Liverpool and like where the city's headed so I'm hopeful we can keep them on-board."

Falconer Chester Hall is the architect on the scheme.

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JOke….it will have fallen down soon…

By Craig

Isn’t it time to rebuild Liverpool? Albert Dock etc is already preserved – how many 18th century mill experiences do you need in a city anyway?

By ChesneyT

^ Surely you have just demonstrated exactly why preserving buildings such as this can be good for a city, especially one like Liverpool. Look how popular preserving the Albert Dock has come to be!

By ;JA

Not sure the Albert Dock is/was a mill?

More to the point, how many bland towers does one city need? Surely a triumph that Liverpool will now be able to retain something that once lost is gone forever?

By mancboi

I thought I had just demonstrated how successful redevelopment can be eg.Liverpool One?

By ChesneyT

In the 80’s Liverpool City Council planned to knock down Albert Dock and replace it with a car park. They would have got their way if it wasn’t for Heseltine. Liverpool and Manchester councils are both dangerously unhinged when it comes to protecting heritage. Planning should be taken out of their hands.

By J Smith

Chesney, somebody thought it was a good idea to knock the Sailors Home and the Customs House down that once stood where Liverpool One is. They were wrong.

By John

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