Heaps Rice Mill
Heaps Rice Mill – An Important Historic Site
This year the Society has played a key role in saving Heaps Rice Mill in Beckwith Street , Liverpool from demolition.
The derelict Victorian warehouse was saved after MCS alerted English Heritage to a planning application to knock down the building to develop the site.
In July 2014, English Heritage gave the building Grade II-listed status, prompting the developer to withdraw the plan. In their report, heritage inspectors said:
“Heap’s Rice Mill is not only one of the earliest, but one of the last surviving warehouse complexes in this area, serving as an important physical reminder of the area’s rich trading links and mercantile history.”
The developer One Park Lane submitted a revised planning application in October 2014, which retained the now-listed mill building intact.
Liverpool City Council approved the scheme on October 28th.
The project will see the development of 800 homes and 12,000 sq ft of leisure and retail units, ranged around a new public space called Baltic Square. There will be four blocks comprising a mid-rise 16 storey building on the corner of Park Lane and Liver Street and three other buildings of 14 and 12 storeys, as well as the mill itself.
MCS submitted its comments on the new application, including a request to retain the historic signage ‘Joseph Heap & Sons Ltd, Rice Millers.’
It also urged the City Council to consider whether the new design was wholly appropriate to a site in the World Heritage Site Buffer Zone, but MCS Chair Dr Peter Brown said these concerns did not provide adequate grounds to raise an objection to the new application as a whole.
Said Dr Brown: “ The new plan guarantees a future for the mill building while adding further to the intensification of population density and associated commercial activity in the area.”