Lottery bid in for Ropewalks

Liverpool City Council has submitted an application for a £1.5m Heritage Lottery Fund grant to regenerate derelict and vacant buildings across Chinatown and Ropewalks.

The council has submitted a report ahead of its executive meeting on Friday, which seeks authority for officers to apply for townscape heritage initiative grant aid if its first round application is approved. The council has committed £300,000 of its own funds for inclusion in the capital programme.

The proposed regeneration site is within the Duke Street conservation area, with a concentration of buildings considered to be at risk on Nelson Street, Berry Street, Bold Street and Duke Street. The report identified particularly vulnerable buildings as 52 Berry Street, 28 Slater Street, 151-155 Duke Street, 118-122 Duke Street, and 37-43 Duke Street.

The project is expected to support the refurbishment of 14 addresses, and the creation of nine homes.

If the HLF approves the council's application, work could start at the site from June 2016.

A townscape heritage initiative grant was given to Liverpool in 2010 to develop the Base2stay hotel, also in Ropewalks.

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Hmm if the council didnt waste so much money could probably do a lot more! Parklands, Esla etc ie empty brand new schools spring to mind! Appreciate its from different budgets but what trying to say is – have a bit of a thought before you do major projects – at their consultations they don’t seem to know what a feasibility study is! And are very cagey re costs and best options and outcomes.

By Bob Dawson

This is good news for the city. With the current amount of regeneration taking place in Ropewalks the area is really on the up. There seems to be a new bar or restaurant opening weekly, so the addition of 14 renovated properties will only add to the area’s offering.

By Chris H