Everton Water Tower
The grade two-listed water tower as it looks now and, as imagined by Mark Architecture

Grey Goose eyes conversion of Everton water tower

Dan Whelan

The real estate investor, which shares its name with a brand of French vodka, has lodged plans to convert the grade two-listed building on Margaret Street into a short-stay apartment.

The company bought the tower at auction in February 2019 for £71,000.

The existing 30-metre building, built in 1857 by water engineer Thomas Duncan, would be refurbished into a one-bedroom property used for short stays and events, under Grey Goose’s plans. There would also be the addition of a single-storey recessed flat roof extension and glazed balcony. 

While the application states that the development would contain two floors of accommodation, accessed through the installation of a lift and stairs, the layout has not been definitively worked out.

However, the accommodation would be “of good size, designed to minimise the effect on the existing and attractive listed building”, according to the design and access statement drawn up by architect Mark Architecture.

A new vehicle access point, with electric automated gates, would be created in the location of the current pedestrian access point. 

The site has been unused and vacant for many years “due to the very specific architecture of the water tower, [which makes] identifying a suitable alternative use difficult to imagine”, the statement added.

“In creating this proposal, we have identified the significance of this important heritage asset,” the statement added.

“The proposed change of use, internal alterations and roof extension are a direct complement to the original architecture and have been specifically designed to be subtle and avoid affecting the original historic architectural character.”

Loughborough-based Grey Goose is owned by Nilesh Lakha and Rafaelle Russo, who between them also run firms called Peach Pelican and Red Falcon, respectively.

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Everton is another area full of historic gems. This is an imaginative reuse of the wonderful water tower. The more we can reuse our historic assets the more secure will be our future as a cultural capital.

By Liverpolitan

I’m definitely not the first one to immediately think they were going to start making posh vodka in North Liv

By Lambrini

Sigh. More apartments. Just when will they start to realise that to break the status quo we need more offices .

By Michael McDonut

To be cynical, as it was bought at auction it was probably acquired sight unseen. A design that just lashes a glass extension on the top of a tower, without using materials that reflect the existing building doesn’t speak to a sympathetic proposal.

By JohnMac

What a wonderful old watertower and so happy to see that a good use for it will ensure it is retained for quite some time.

By EOD

Looks like the lair for a top international spy or Dr Evil?

By M

I have to agree with JohnMac. Dropping a tacky glass-and aluminium pavilion on top does not seem “subtle”, nor “a direct complement to the existing architecture”. Easy words to throw into a Design and Access Statement; harder to back them up with quality design.

By W

It’s excellent to see a feasible reuse of such a tricky historic building in Everton. I like the the glass extension: simple but effective, just what’s needed to preserve this monument into the future AND boost the Everton economy! Next step Everton library… with a little help from above…

By Liverpolitan