“A thriving centre for inspirational learning based upon environmental principles”
Once the tallest building in Liverpool, the Welsh Presbyterian Church sat derelict for 30 years until a local charity stepped in and started fundraising.
KIND (Kids In Need and Distress) have teamed up with the Merseyside Buildings Preservation Trust to redevelop the site with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Built in the 1860s, the Grade II listed building had fallen into disuse and currently sits on the Heritage at Risk Register. This ambitious project will renovate the church into a community centre with classrooms, flexible multi-purpose spaces, a roof garden, café and play area.
KIND will also relocate its HQ to the revitalised site, providing a vital hub to support disadvantaged children in the area, and greatly expand its services in the process.
KIND’s ambitions stretch much further than just restoring the building. The church is to be transformed into a thriving community centre, future-proofed with green technologies so its services can benefit generations to come.
CWC were hired to put the charity’s sustainable vision into action. The all-electric design features a range of renewables including heat pumps and PVs on the roof. The technology will be on display at the heart of the scheme, where it will serve an educational as well as practical function. A dedicated hub in the foyer area will track energy used and generated, providing valuable information for building management, as well as an educational tool for children in the community.
A piece of Liverpool’s heritage will be restored and preserved, whilst providing a base to support vulnerable people in the community.