"We are delighted to finally be able to say work on this site is starting."
Robert Issler from Green Drive Liverpool Ltd
After many months of eager anticipation, this summer will finally see the start of the regeneration programme at Greenbank Drive Synagogue. The developer behind the scheme has ironed out some of the last planning points with Liverpool City Council and contractors will be appointed shortly. Work is estimated to take between 12-18 months to complete.
The site will see Green Drive Liverpool Ltd create a range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments aimed at the owner occupier market, built in a gated community within and around the original Synagogue building. Ideal in the leafy South Liverpool suburb for those looking to either downsize as their children have flown the nest, or indeed for first time buyers looking to make the most of the amenities the area has to offer, such as being a mere two minutes away from Sefton Park.
The conversion of this Grade II former Synagogue in Liverpool into 22 apartments, is enhanced by an additional 30 new apartments to be built within the grounds. Built in Art-Deco style, many original architectural features of the Grade II listed building will be retained, and this challenging project will require close liaison with Liverpool City Council Conservation team. Hence the time period between planning being passed and works starting.
The retained building will house a refurbished small synagogue (Beth Ha’medrash) for those remaining members and any others that wish to visit, plus a quiet room/gallery/reading area, containing the original pews, to showcase the synagogue’s rich history. A small coffee area will also be created within the new “internal street” adding to the sense of community. The scheme will create a cultural mixed-use facility combining both viable residential use and yet retaining the core spiritual and social functions of the former 1,200 seat synagogue.
Greenbank Drive Synagogue was designed by Sir Alfred Ernest Shennan, built in 1936 and consecrated on 15th August 1937 for the Liverpool Jewish community. In 1983 the building was listed and in 2008 the listing was upgraded to Grade II* to protect its future after the building closed for good and the congregation dwindled to fewer than 40, with only one service being held a week.
Robert Issler from Green Drive Liverpool Ltd, who has over 25 years property and development experience said, “We are delighted to finally be able to say work on this site is starting. We are fully aware that the Greenbank Drive Synagogue was one of the major sites in Liverpool on the Liverpool Echo’s Stop the Rot campaign. In 2010, it was put on the ‘at risk’ register by Historic England. Bringing this historic building and indeed the grounds back into use is something my team and I are looking forward to achieving.”
The apartments are to be placed with Venmore Estate Agents at their Allerton Road office. More information, such as CGi’s and prices will be available later this summer from www.venmores.co.uk