The public can have their say today (21 March) on the future of historic Liverpool building the Wellington Rooms.
Ideas to resurrect the 202-year-old, Grade II*-listed building are being displayed for the first time as part of a consultation event.
Merseyside Building Preservation Trust (MBPT) is hosting the session between 10am and 6pm at the Piazza Café & Bar, by the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral, and will then work in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Historic England and URBACT to secure the site’s full restoration.
It hopes to secure a development partner for the project by the summer and will also look to make a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Urgent repairs are currently being carried out at the neo-classical building on Mount Pleasant, which was originally used for high society dance balls and then as the city’s Irish Centre.
The Wellington Rooms sits within the city’s Knowledge Quarter and also lies within the buffer zone of Liverpool’s World Heritage site. It has been recognised by the council and Historic England as Liverpool’s number one ‘Building at Risk’ priority.
Bill Maynard, chair of the Wellington Rooms Steering Group and MBPT, says: “With the works now underway to stop the Wellington Rooms deteriorating, we now want to hear from people as to its future uses.
“There are a number of options on the table and we want to make sure that we realise the full potential of this remarkable building and secure its use for future generations.”
Charles Smith, North West assistant planning director and Heritage at Risk principal adviser for Historic England, adds: “The Wellington Rooms is a Grade II* listed building and is our number one Building at Risk priority in Liverpool. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the city council and the Merseyside Buildings Preservation Trust to explore how best to secure the building’s future.”