Property firm Peel L&P completes critical work on Grade II-listed warehouse in Wirral Waters after surveys revealed crumbling mortar following a ‘substandard conversion’. Tony McDonough reports
Peel L&P has completed an 16-month project to carry out critical structural repairs to Grade II-listed former grain warehouse in Wirral Waters.
Work began on the buildings on Dock Road in East Float Quay in 2022. Structural surveys of the brick parapet walls revealed crumbling mortar, debris and water penetration. They now house 178 privately-owned apartments.
Richard Mawdsley, director of development at Wirral Waters, said: “The original grain warehouses at East Float Quay weren’t designed for residential use.
“The work carried out around the parapets by the original developer when converting the buildings was substandard. Peel then inherited the situation after the original developer went bust.
“Following consultation with the apartment owners, Peel Waters, agreed to forward fund the project to enable this important remedial work to proceed, with the apartment owners paying their share over an agreed period of time.
“This has been a complex and challenging project but we are incredibly grateful to all the apartment owners for their co-operation throughout this work and for ultimately funding this investment into their building.
“It has also been technically very challenging, due to the nature of it being a heritage building, but the specialist team we brought on board have really delivered – breathing new life into these landmark buildings, as well as making them much safer for residents.
”Working alongside the Peel Waters team on the project has been Quadriga Contracts (experts in historic building repair), TFT (employers agent and contract administrator), Curtins (structural engineers), SaferSphere (health and safety consultant), and RMG (building management company).
East Float Quay is surrounded by new public realm, a pocket park, dockside walkways, and two residential developments which are currently under construction.
These are Miller’s Quay, a £130m development of 500 one and two-bedroom waterfront apartments, and Redbridge Quay, a development of two, three and four-bedroom modular homes.