2 Islington Square, Liverpool Hope Uni, P.planning Docs
Audere BW Architects has drawn up plans for the Motion Picture Factory. Credit: via planning documents

New lease of life for dilapidated Liverpool building

Dan Whelan

Liverpool Hope University has acquired the grade two-listed 2 Islington Square on the edge of its creative campus in Everton and is now plotting its conversion from a furniture shop into a workspace for film and media students. 

Audere BW Architects has drawn up plans for the Motion Picture Factory that will see part of the listed building demolished. 

Constructed in the 1830s as Wrenshall & Sons Musical Academy, the building is generally in poor condition due to “years of neglect, poor management, and staggering water ingress”, according to the architect. 

“Following the receipt of structural reports and budget estimates, the full retainment of the building is no longer feasible…the demolished area will be replaced with a modern rear and side extension of high architectural quality,” the architect’s design and access statement said. 

For the last 50 years, the building has been occupied by W Kelly & Sons, which built cabinets and other furniture. 

The redevelopment of 2 Islington Square will provide additional space to Liverpool Hope University’s creative campus at a time of increased student numbers. 

Other facilities at the campus include Cornerstone Building, Capstone Theatre, home to the music department, and The Arts Centre. 

The university is also advancing plans for the InQuiry Building. The project will see the university overhaul the lecture theatre complex at its Hope Park campus in Childwall, part-demolishing the building and expanding the overall footprint. 

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Great news for such a prominent site.

By seacombelad

A lovely building on a prominent gateway into Hope’s Everton campus. Glad they’ve stepped in.

By Sceptical

More positive news for the Islington/Fabric District area, and this project will link in with the recently announced conversion of TJs into flats, and reinforce the message that this neighbourhood has a great future as an educational, residential , retail , and leisure hub.

By Anonymous

Wow! Brilliant news. The more good news the better

By David

Thank goodness ….this building which has great potential..but currently is a blot on the landscape…..this refurbishment will make a great difference to the area and to an important gateway to the city centre

By George

What about the North End of the City!!!

By The Welder

Hope University at Everton is north of the city centre and is the link to Everton Park from the Fabric District. Liverpool’s districts are starting to join up with the city centre on all sides now.
The other area where the north end meets the vibrancy of the city centre and the Waterfront is of course at Ten Streets and Stanley Dock.
On the south side we’ve got the Baltic and the Dingle, and to the east we’ve got Paddington Village and Littlewoods Studios. I’ve never know a better time when it’s all coming together in Liverpool.

By Pool of Life