Architects planning ahead for landmark glory
The Liverpool office of architects Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams has been appointed to plan the conservation of Liverpool’s landmark Cunard Building.
Experts from the Edmund St firm have been asked by building managers CB Richard Ellis to survey the condition and create a forward plan for the maintenance and development of the Grade II-star listed building, one of the city’s Three Graces.
The plan, drawn up in consultation with the Local Authority Conservation Officer and English Heritage, will be used to develop a programme of repair, restoration and to govern any modifications.
Ken Smith, Associate at Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, said: “The conservation management plan (CMP) sets the tone for any changes that are needed within the building, while maintaining the heritage assets.
“The plan looks at the building’s history, assesses its significance, considers vulnerabilities and proposes policies for its long term conservation and management.
“The Cunard Building is obviously an architectural treasure but it’s also a highly successful commercial office which must continue to meet the needs of occupiers and changing market needs. We are using our design and conservation expertise to bring out the Cunard’s immense character – reinstating some original features that have been lost over time.”
Neil Rogers, building surveyor at CB Richard Ellis, said: “We are delighted to be working with Ken and the team at Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams. The Conservation Management Plan will help ensure the Cunard Building remains one of the country’s most magnificent landmark buildings.”
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams had previously been appointed to look at a number of areas throughout the building including those that are currently unused to determine how they can be brought back in to productive use to provide either additional accommodation or enhanced facilities for the building, and those areas that are vacant to see how they can be sympathetically altered and refurbished before they are re-let.