Repurposing Tobacco Warehouse for housing can revitalize Liverpool docklands

Converting the historic Tobacco Warehouse into hundreds of flats could be vital to regenerating a key part of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site, according to those behind the ambitious plans.

The Grade II listed mega-structure – thought to be the largest brick building in the world – is set for a significant overhaul as part of the multi-million pound plans.

While developers hope to stay true to the famous warehouse’s protected features extensive work – including a new top floor – is planned for the site.

Proposals to convert the building into 538 apartments come a year after the opening of the Titanic hotel, a key step in plans to revive Stanley Dock.

The Tobacco Warehouse has been empty since 1985.

Supporting the project a design and access statement, written by Darmody Architecture, said: “The existing building has been vacant for a considerable period and aside from the heritage market, makes no significant contribution towards the life and vitality of the area… The regeneration of the Tobacco Warehouse at Stanley Dock therefore presents an opportunity not only to save this key heritage asset, but also to act as key instigator in the regeneration of the area.

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