Students Behind Bars, Liverpool

Article posted on: 28th January 2015

Constructed in 1857 the Bridewell in Liverpool was originally a purpose built prison. Having been empty for over 10 years, this listed building now hosts a new type of inmate, being more than 80 students!

The accommodation has 87 bed spaces and communal kitchen areas over 4 floors. The original old brick cells of this Victorian building were converted into bedrooms with the adjacent cell divided to form en-suites to neighbouring rooms. The ceiling height windows built to prevent escape, remain to provide a source of natural daylight.

Clancy Consulting carried out the design for the structural alterations and new build elements that included a new mezzanine floor above 3rd floor level to provide additional en-suite bedrooms. Other alterations included the removal of large brick walls and temporary propping designs to form communal kitchen areas, the removal of the king post trusses in the roof area and the design of supporting steelwork for the new atrium roof in the courtyard area. The temporary propping was a challenge to ensure support of the masonry above during the alterations.

Clancy Consulting were appointed for the conversion to student accommodation by Vermont for Jamworks. We worked with Falconer Chester Hall, Architects for the scheme.

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