Holly Lodge and Cardinal Heenan

Holly Lodge and Cardinal Heenan

Students from Holly Lodge Girls' College and Cardinal Heenan schools are working in partnership with Purcell. Together they have been developing design ideas for the Welsh Presbyterian Church on Princes Road, Liverpool. The building has been empty for a number of years, with ownership recently transferring to the Merseyside Building Preservation Trust (MBPT) who are looking for ways to bring it back into use. Purcell have been developing proposals with MBPT, therefore giving the students a unique insight into some of the challenges faced. Students are also considering how the landmark building could be reused in a way that benefits the local community.

Students have taken part in workshops that have included a site visit with the building owners, design workshops, presentation skills sessions and model making.


Purcell Practice Profile

As a practice Purcell have been caring for some of the UK's finest buildings and their settings for over 60 years and have long been at the forefront of conservation, being one of the first architectural practices to develop a specialist conservation expertise, now being the largest practice in the country in the conservation field.

They are a dynamic practice with 15 offices working throughout the UK and internationally. Their exceptional service is made possible by the talents and enthusiasm of over 180 skilled and experienced staff. They encourage vibrant working environments where ideas can be shared and skills exchanged, and we are passionate about fostering the expertise of the next generation of architects through training and mentoring.

From start to finish, our expertise includes funding and planning advice, heritage consultancy, conservation and architectural design. Their ambition is to create inspiring and enduring architecture both in the conservation of historic structures and the creation of contemporary new buildings.

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  • Comment Link Holly Lodge and Cardinal Heenan Friday, 21 February 2014 10:41 posted by Holly Lodge and Cardinal Heenan

    The groups goal is to create a friendly environment where both of their clients can share a workspace and gallery to educate and involve students and members of the public, The Re-use of materiel would create a good atmosphere for the free school as they would see how important recycling is and would create a perfect opportunity get the public involved.

    They want to use the main hall of the church as an exhibition space leading up to a reception, in order to leave an impact on people as they enter. The size of the venue means that it will be great for shared workshop space between the school and Roode vintage.

    The other group has a different set of clients - Happy go cooking. They also want to make major changes to the building itself - extending the front so it protrudes in a very modern glass square, in an attempt to modernize the building and grab attention. They see the large size of the venue proving useful for a great many things, such as yoga classes and for use as function rooms. They also want to promote home gown vegetables by making a glass greenhouse centerpiece. They hope to fend off competition by getting involved with the community.

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