A Grade 1 listed building in the heart of Liverpool, dating back to the 18th century, underwent a large-scale renovation by Clan, breathing new life into an important area of the city.

Clan was appointed as a brick and stonework contractor working closely, alongside the heritage architect, during the critical design phase. The stone used to build the facility was initially examined and tested and the process of cleaning, repair and (some) removal analysed. Suitable hand and power tools and methods of repair were identified – the planning and development phase became a process of continuous improvement that resulted in a proposal that offered a sympathetic and sensitive programme of repairs.

Brickwork was re-pointed using lime based materials and stonework was cleaned of centuries old layers of paint using the Doff and Poltice system – a marriage of new and old techniques were combined to meet all of the clients objectives. The Clan Contracting team also ‘forensically deconstructed’ a building to the rear of the centre that was preventing access into site – the bricks were recorded and removed and the building was reconstructed in its entirety upon completion of the main works.

An outstanding scheme, the building was restored to its former glory. Clan continue to provide advice and support to the team as well as one off projects. A spokesperson said: “Clan have always responded to requests for assistance and have accommodated the dynamic operations at the Bluecoat.”

Project Details

Duration: 18 months

Service: Masonry Repair

Client: Kier

Contract Sum: £800,000

Location: Liverpool