Heap’s Mill reaches final prep phase

The final stage of preparatory work for the £130m Heap’s Mill redevelopment in Liverpool is underway by contractor CC Geotechnical.

The scheme by developer Elliot Group, formerly known as One Park Lane, on the listed Heap’s Rice Mill complex will see the construction of 800 homes and 12,000 sq ft of leisure and retail units, ranged around a public space called Baltic Square.

There will be four blocks comprising a mid-rise 14 storey building on the corner of Park Lane and Liver Street and three 10-storey units, together with the mill buildings themselves.

Liverpool-based CCG has been awarded a £100,000 contract to undertake final ground investigations on the site, which borders Liverpool’s World Heritage zone.

Planning permission for the scheme was granted in October 2014. A previous application for the site which anticipated the mill buildings’ demolition was withdrawn in August after English Heritage granted a spot listing of the Heap’s Mill.

Developer Elliot Lawless said: “This is an important step forward as we finalise the details of the full construction programme. We’ve come quite a way in a relatively short space of time thanks to the encouragement of Liverpool City Council and I’m looking forward to confirming final construction timescales in the near future.”

The scheme was designed by Falconer Chester Hall.

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Correction – The development borders Liverpool’s World Heritage Site, It is located within the World Heritage Site Buffer Zone.
It’s great that this old rice mill has been saved as the building is older than the Albert Dock warehouses and it illustrates the scale and extent of Liverpool’s trade in the early 19th century which already reached the Far East.

By Paul Blackburn