Transformation of listed South Liverpool synagogue to begin

The residential transformation of Greenbank Drive Synagogue is finally set to get underway this summer.

Described by Historic England as is one of the finest Art Deco synagogues in the country, the Grade II*-listed building was placed on the ‘at risk’ register in 2010.

Now Green Drive Liverpool Ltd, the developer behind the redevelopment plan, has ironed out some of the last planning points with Liverpool City Council and contractors are set to be appointed to the scheme shortly.

It’s estimated that work to create the gated community of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in and around the original synagogue building will take between 12-18 months to complete. The 52 homes will be aimed at the owner occupier market.

The retained building will house a refurbished small synagogue (Beth Ha’medrash) for those remaining members and any others that wish to visit, plus a quiet room/gallery/reading area, containing the original pews, to showcase the synagogue’s history. A small coffee area will also be created within the new “internal street” adding to the “sense of community”.

Greenbank Drive Synagogue was designed by Sir Alfred Ernest Shennan, built in 1936 and consecrated on 15 August 1937 for the Liverpool Jewish community.

In 1983 the building was listed and in 2008 the listing was upgraded to Grade II* to protect its future after the building closed for good when the congregation dwindled to fewer than 40, with only one service being held a week.

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