Work commences on £130M Heaps Mill apartment scheme in Liverpool
The final stage of preparation on Liverpool’s historical Heaps Rice Mill on Liverpool’s southern waterfront has begun ahead of its £130m transformation into apartments, with construction expected to begin shortly.
The site dates back to 1778 when Joseph Heap founded his milling business there, next door to the famous Baltic Fleet pub. The present buildings on site date by the mid-Victorian era.
Due to its listed building status, the mill cannot be demolished and the building’s historical façade will be incorporated into the aesthetics of the finished scheme.
Liverpool-based contractor CC Geotechnical will undertake the final ground investigations on the Heaps Mill site, which sits adjacent to Liverpool’s World Heritage zone after being awarded the £100,000 contract.
The development, by local developer Elliot Group, was granted planning permission in October 2014 and will see the creation of 800 new homes and 12,000 sq ft of leisure and retail units gathered around Baltic Square, the newly created public space.
There will be four new–build blocks that include a mid-rise 16 storey building that will sit on the corner of Park Lane and Liver Street. Also constructed will be three other 14 and 12 storey buildings, alongside the Heaps mill itself.
Developer Elliot Lawless commented: “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 council and I’m looking forward to confirming final construction time-scales in the near future.”
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