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Stone Edge breathe new life into Liverpool’s Royal Insurance building

One of our recent projects was to convert the former Royal Insurance building, in Liverpool into a boutique and stylish ALOFT hotel. One thing that sets ALOFT hotels apart from others is its modern, fresh and fun style, full of energy, buzz and opportunity.

Stone Edge worked hard on this project to breathe new life and a sense of excitement into the 100-year-old building. The contrast of its current, revamped state, compared to the dark, water drenched, derelict building that we walked into back in 2011 really is quite astounding. The space had been empty for 20 years before we began to work our magic by helping to turn it into one of the hottest hotels in Liverpool.

The original building was an iconic Grade II listed building, completed in 1903. Its architecture was described as “sumptuous Neo-Baroque on the grandest scale,” by history of art scholar, Nikolaus Pevsner. It was actually on the English Heritage At-Risk register, so we had to use our skills and expertise to ensure the restoration project was completed to a safe and secure standard; and after just one year of consultations, trials and surveys, we finally completed the works, bringing the history-filled building into modern times.

Several ‘C J Allen’ allegorical panels and arrangements were conserved and we also completed the historic metal work conservation to balconies and entrance gates. Many of the internal faience lined corridors also required years of paint to be removed and were fully restored by the hard-working team at Stone Edge.

Richard Denneny, Managing Director of Stone Edge said:

“We are very proud to have been involved with the project and are pleased with the results of the external fabric cleaning and repair. Our work on the internal paint removal job in the faience corridors was also a real success! The metalwork conservation of the imposing North and South entrances are a fine sight now too, having been fully conserved and repainted, overall we are very happy with the restoration of this impressive Liverpool Landmark.”

The new hotel is great news for the city, its economy and the hotel sector and makes use of the historic, iconic architecture while investing in Liverpool’s future.

For full details of the product, take a read of our project web page.

"We are very proud to have been involved with the project and are pleased with the results of the external fabric cleaning and repair. "
Richard Denneny, Managing Director of Stone Edge

Posted by mickdpi on 7th Jun, 2016