Old Walton Library Project
This fantastic building on Evered Avenue in Liverpool was opened in 1911 as a public library, by the Earl of Derby at the behest of scientist Richard Caton. Caton was the Deputy Chair of Liverpool’s Library, Museum and Arts Committee and the building was commissioned by wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie at a cost of around £8,000 (that’s £840,000 by today’s standards!)
Carnegie believed in giving back to the community and his philanthropy had a massive influence on Liverpool and beyond. Before the turn of the 20th Century, public libraries were rare, as small local communities simply could not afford to run them, and so they relied on the altruism of people like Andrew Carnegie to provide these public amenities.
In 2015 the building, located just off Rice Lane, was temporarily closed after serving as a ‘One Stop Shop‘ by Liverpool City Council. Now, Mersey Care NHS Trust are revamping the old library so it can continue to serve the community.
Thermotech Mechanical Services are sensitively restoring the building, putting in new plumbing and bathrooms, a new ventilation system and an air conditioning system.
Andy Henderson, Business Development Manager of Thermotech Mechanical Services, in charge of the Walton Library project, said: “we have a lot of experience in restoring and improving old buildings like this, and we were asked by the local residents, Mersey Care NHS and the developers to preserve original features as much as possible. We have redesigned the bathroom area which is in-keeping with the sanitary ware of the era in which it was built. We’ve also managed to salvage the old radiators, which we will restore to their former glory before putting them back into the heating system. The ventilation, heating and air conditioning system is modern and efficient, but we’re proud of the fact that we have been able to preserve the history of the building.”
The building will be opened later on in 2016 and will be used by Mersey Care NHS to give local residents a place to access wellbeing services.