Grade II listed church inspires colourful overhall for Liverpool community centre
McHugh Stoppard Architecture has won planning permission for a Community Enterprise Centre in Walton, Liverpool. The Centre, known locally as ‘Wallynash,’ provides space for local enterprise and community activity within the old Walton St Mary Primary school. With a budget of just £800,000 the proposal includes both internal and external refurbishment. Project Principal, Michael Young, said: “The challenge was to go beyond the Victorian institutional aesthetic of the building, whilst still utilising the buildings intrinsic qualities and we have taken inspiration from the stained glass windows of the nearby Grade II listed St Mary’s Church.”
Working closely with client, Walton Community & Enterprise Partnership, McHugh Stoppard’s proposal intends to dramatically transform the building with a multi layered facade of translucent panels creating a unique spatial condition on selective elevations of the building. The panels fulfil distinct tasks depending on the orientation of the facade. Southward they offer solar protection to office accommodation, to the North and West they offer added security protection to the building and on the eastern facade they enhance the visual presence of the centre to the adjoining high street. The client is seeking ERDF funding for the project and work is due to begin on site in September.