Carnegie Lister

Contractor confirmed for listed Tuebrook library

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Liverpool City Council has appointed HH Smith & Sons to start work on the conversion of the former Andrew Carnegie Library into a community hub and childcare facility for charity Lister Steps.

Designed by OMI Architects and backed by a £3.9m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the building will offer childcare, rentable meeting space, hot-desking, heritage activities, an events venue and training and volunteering opportunities for local people.

Liverpool City Council owns the building and is contributing £500,000 to the scheme.

HH Smith have carried out a number of restoration projects including Gorton Monastery, Norton Priory, Quarry Bank Mill, The Met Theatre in Bury, and is currently working on listed buildings including Halle St Peter, Manchester and First White Cloth Hall, Leeds. The Lister Steps project is due to start on 1 April and is expected to take 12 months to complete.

The restoration will place insertions within the existing reading rooms, to create spaces for the various proposed uses while retaining the original listed features.

After a 100-year life as a functioning library, the building was underfunded for a significant period and had to be closed for health and safety reasons. Unoccupied, the library was subject to theft, vandalism and neglect and is listed on Liverpool’s Buildings at Risk register.

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Good to see this fine building coming back to use and providing a service to the Tuebrook community once more. This building and others like it should never be allowed to fall into disrepair in the first place. With the Tories cutting funding to cities where they have no hope of gaining power and the council wasting £700k tax payers money on consultation for a proposed football stadium it is no surprise that our communities suffer.

By Liverpolitan

Is there any chance LCC could give work to Liverpool contractors who contribute to the local economy instead of giving money to those who will take that money away to their local economy? Go local to where you get your funds from LCC

By Verum

Hear,here!

By Book worm

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