MCS backs Piazza Fountain restoration study
We are delighted to announce that Merseyside Civic Society is spearheading a campaign to fund a feasibility study to investigate how best to restore Liverpool’s famous Piazza ‘bucket’ fountain thus safeguarding it for future generations.
It was Merseyside Civic Society that commissioned Welsh sculptor and designer Richard Huws to design a kinetic water fountain for central Liverpool in 1962.
In recent years the fountain has fallen into disrepair and now urgently requires restoration. Watch this video to see its current state The fountain was recently listed Grade II by Government following a recommendation by Historic England, thanks to the efforts of some of Richard Huw’s former students and Richard Moore, in particular, whose A waterfall of a strange new kind gives a comprehensive description of the fountain’s history and design.
Richard has prepared a brief for the feasibility study and identified an experienced Heritage Engineer able to undertake the work as well as making a generous donation to kickstart the fund raising.
Phase 1 will produce a report on the restoration needs of the fountain, its two viewing platforms, pump room and receiving pool.
Phase 2 will detail, specify and cost the work determined in phase 1 and will include preparation of full tender documents, advice on suitable contractors and assistance with tendering and assessing resulting tenders and preparation of contract documents
Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause by making a donation
MCS also supports Engage and the Friends of the Piazza Fountain’s recently launched campaign for the public sector to take back control of the fountain. Read more about their campaign and sign their petition HERE