Plans to bring fire-damaged Rock Park listed property back into use

According to planning documents submitted to Wirral Council, a fire-damaged Grade II listed building in Rock Ferry could be converted into six flats.

The proposal is to undertake restoration works to 18 Rock Park creating six flats within the property and adding a new-build property providing two self-contained dwellings over two levels. Planning permission for six apartments had been previously granted in 2013.

The property was severely damaged in a fire in March 2014 resulting in the total loss of the interior fixtures, fittings, and the whole roof structure.

The surviving structure of the late 1830s property lies with the boundary of a designated conservation area and is included on the Government’s list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

After passing through several ownerships over the years, DMRC Construction is now proposing to obtain planning and listed building consent to undertake a residential development scheme to bring this Grade II listed property back into full beneficial use and to construct an additional building within the site to enable the restoration of the principal building to be achieved.

No 18 Rock Park appears to have been one of the first on the Rock Park estate and is constructed from locally sourced Storeton quarry stone. The stonework is to be repaired and reinstated to the correct standards by experienced craftsmen.

The surviving elements of the building have been open to the weather and as such it will be necessary for the upper sections of masonry to be checked by an experienced conservation structural engineer. This is to help ensure that the structure is capable of being repaired without the need for deconstruction works to take place and before any reinstatement of the missing stonework and roof structure is started.

The roof covering is to be natural slate, as contemporary modern roof coverings are not appropriate for this particular property.

No.18 Rock Park was added to the Government’s statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest in 1973 and Rock Park was designated a Conservation Area by Wirral Borough Council in February 1979.

Images: DGM Conservation unless otherwise stated

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Front elevation prior to the 2014 fire. Source:
The fire damaged building photographed in March 2017