The Bridewell, Liverpool

The Bridewell was originally a purpose built prison constructed in the 1860’s and is now a Grade II listed building. The structure consists of load bearing brick walls and brick arch ceilings supporting the floors.

We were appointed as structural engineers for the proposed conversion to student accommodation by Vermont for Jamworks. We worked with Falconer Chester Hall Architects for the conversion of the building.

The project has 87 bed spaces and communal kitchen areas over 4 floors. Original cells were converted into bedrooms with the adjacent cell divided to form en-suites to neighbouring rooms.

We designed a new mezzanine floor above 3rd floor level comprising of an additional four en-suite bedrooms. We carried out structural alterations designs for the removal of large walls to form communal kitchen areas, door openings for rooms and the removal of the king post trusses in the roof area. Temporary propping designs were required for the alterations on each floor to support masonry above. We also designed supporting steelwork for the new atrium roof in the courtyard area.

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