Mandale preps Bonded Tea Warehouse scheme

A planning and listed building consent for the conversion of the grade two-listed structure in Liverpool’s North Docks area is being readied, with more than 200 apartments lined up.

Advisor ELG Planning, a regular partner of Mandale, is currently running a consultation on the development, which sits at the junction of Great Howard Street and Dickson Street, close to the Stanley Dock and the Ten Streets development area.

Mandale Homes, part of the County Durham company Mandale Group, has built up a reputation for the conversion of buildings into residential. Projects in the heritage field undertaken by Mandale include Centenary Mill in Preston, Martins Mills in Halifax, a bonded warehouse conversion in Newcastle and work in Kirkstall Lane, Leeds.
Cenenary Mill Preston

Centenary Mill in Preston is another Mandale project. Credit: ELG Planning

The firm is currently taking on the permitted development rights conversion of the 81,000 sq ft Regian House, one of the former Liverpool HMRC buildings vacated by the consolidation into India Buildings.

A further live project is the conversion of office buildings off Salford’s Regent Road, while Mandale has also worked in Stockport, securing consent in 2018 for the conversion of Wellesley House.

The development proposals comprise 216 dwellings, made up of 149 one-bedroom apartments, 57 two-bedroom apartments and 10 two-bed duplexes, along with 17,700 sq ft of workspace, cycle storage, and a gym.

Jeremy Good, director of ELG Planning, expressed his eagerness to see the proposals given some attention by the city council.

He said: “We are delighted to be progressing this scheme with regeneration specialists Mandale Homes who have one of the best track records for conversion of large scale buildings in the North of England.

“Unfortunately, Liverpool City Council have been less than supportive to date, we have sought to engage in discussions with the Planning Department but the feedback has been both limited in detail and negative. Our clients are committed to deliver further regeneration in this area and are prepared to invest over £25m should planning and listed building consent be granted.

“We are delighted in the positive responses we have received to date, from the local community and continue to work with the wider design team to pull together a planning submission by the end of March.”

ELG’s consultation documents state: “The building is presently in a poor state of repair and requires major investment to secure its long-term use.”

There are also a number of external alterations proposed, including the creation of an open-air atrium in the centre of the building, and the erection of a modern addition to the western elevation to house lifts and stairs.

Darlington and Harrogate-based ELG is also the heritage advisor on the project, with Yarm-based Elder Lester the scheme architect.

Consultation on the Bonded Tea Warehouse runs until 7 March.

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