Gladstone House, Liverpool

Falconer Chester Hall to give “old friend” a facelift

Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of a historic courtyard building in Liverpool.

Liverpool architects Falconer Chester Hall are celebrating another successful planning consent – and say that working on the project will be like ‘giving an old friend a facelift.’

The company has secured consent for the refurbishment of historic Gladstone House, an early nineteenth century merchants’ office in a cobbled courtyard tucked away in Liverpool’s business district.  The building has been home to several of the firm’s clients over the years.

“We know the building intimately and have conceived many a scheme from here with clients,” said Robert Brym, associate director with 80-strong Temple Square practice.

“Looking at a much-loved friend from a development angle has felt very personal and we’re delighted that such an interesting building is to get a complete makeover,” he added.

The project will see 22 studio, one-and two-bed apartments alongside a number of one-bed serviced apartments provided for Gladstone House Developments.

“It’s a very dense and historic part of the city with listed buildings all around and it’s been an enjoyable challenge introducing a sensitive rooftop extension to this mix,” said Brym.

Andy Grabe of Gladstone House Developments Limited commented “a travel plan has been implemented to ensure this development is sustainable and to minimise the impact on the highway network and the local environment.  We have provided 38 cycle spaces in the basement.  The rear of the property will house the serviced apartments.”

“Gladstone House provides the ideal opportunity to live and stay in a historic building in Liverpool’s vibrant city centre, close to employment opportunities and excellent travel connections.  We are delighted that we have been able to work with the existing features of the building to provide individual apartments.  We are thrilled with the positive outcome at the planning committee meeting today, 6th April 2021.

Other consultants on the scheme – Planning consultants – Zerum, M & E Progressive Services Limited, Structural Consultants – Sanan Consulting Limited.