The first phase of the Philharmonic Rise project is now complete with 13 Georgian townhouses fully refurbished and occupied. Completion of the works on Falkner Street represents a major milestone in the project as it is now possible to see how the remedial works to the street elevation have restored the frontage of one of the greatest Georgian street in Liverpool.
Philharmonic Rise is a project for the extensive refurbishment of a piece of urban fabric in the heart of Liverpool's Georgian quarter which will reinstate the 23 Georgian townhouses into privately owned dwelling houses. The townhouses were previously owned by the University of Liverpool and had been converted into student housing in the 70s. As a result the properties were subdivided into single bedroom apartments and bedsits. The communal entrances to the student housing were located at the rear which meant that the street was completely inactive as there were no useable front doors.
Our aim was to bring the buildings up to modern standards whilst ensuring that all new elements added would blend in seamlessly with the original features of the Georgian townhouse. New double-glazed timber sash windows, incorporating the slenderest possible sections of glazing bars, were manufactured and used in the scheme. Cast iron railings were reinstated whilst front doors and window shutters were designed and manufactured to emulate as closely as possible the originals. The front elevation were simply washed and their stonework repaired, whereas the rear elevations were entirely repointed by using lime mortar according to a specification incorporating Mersey grit.