University of Liverpool, The Waterhouse project

Internal and external refurbishment of a Grade II listed building

Project: Waterhouse Building

Client: University of Liverpool

The Waterhouse project involved the sensitive restoration and refurbishment work to the Old Royal Infirmary at the University of Liverpool.

First constructed in 1887 The University’s Waterhouse Building was originally designed as the New Royal Infirmary, by architect Alfred Waterhouse. After falling into disuse in the 1970’s when the hospital was moved the building started to fall into a state of disrepair

Works involved the internal and external refurbishment of a Grade II listed building, in a live environment. A main corridor connects the central spine of the complex to a large circular rotunda with smaller rooms to either side. Refurbishment will transform the wards and side rooms into new office spaces for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences statistical research.

This project consisted of renovation works to the roof, rotunda, main corridor and side rooms, restoring original features such as parquet flooring, glazed bricks, windows and fireplaces. New facilities will include a large open plan office space within the rotunda, small private offices, and a meeting room with audiovisual equipment for collaboration with the FARR Institute and other Universities.

Further works included the strip out of existing services and reinstatement of electrical rewiring, lighting, security, fiber optic, ventilation and heating works. Façade works included re-pointing, overhauling/replacement of timber/metal windows, with associated external works and drainage.

The project looks to return the building to its’ former glory celebrating and conserving original features for future generations to enjoy.





Sector: Heritage Education

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