Middle England given green light to convert St Andrew’s Church

By Bridging Loan Directory -


St Andrews ChurchSince Tuesday 13th December Middle England Developments has been given the green light to convert the St Andrew’s Church building at Rodney St.

The company received approval for its proposals to redevelop the St Andrew’s Church, which includes a remodeling of the exterior and a rebuilding of one of the Grade II*-listed turrets. Internally, around 100 new student bedrooms will be created around a courtyard. Over the past few months the project has come on a great deal with progress to date on all on track.

St Andrew’s Church was built for Scottish Presbyterians in 1823-24 and is one of the few surviving works designed by architect John Foster Jr.

The building had fallen into disrepair, though, and Liverpool City Council spent more than £100,000 in legal fees to acquire the site in 2008. It has spent a further £150,000 on emergency repairs since.

In August 2011 a deal was agreed by the City Council to sell the property to Middle England developments for £1, as well as potentially providing grants of up to £300,000 towards its refurbishment. In total, the developer has applied for around £625,000 of external grants in order to help bring the site back into sustainable economic use with an estimated cost of several million put on the whole project.

A pyramid monument to the William McKenzie (20 March 1794-29 October 1851) rests in the churchyard of the (currently disused and needing restoration) Scottish Presbyterian Church of St Andrew’s, dating from 1824. McKenzie made his fortune as a civil engineer in the Victorian era but it is the nature of his burial, or lack of it that has become legendary.

It is said he was a notorious gambler and that one day he made a pact with the Devil to ensure he got a winning hand during a poker match. The price of course was his soul. When he became ill shortly afterwards he got worried that the Devil may actually come for him, so left instructions that he was not to be buried, but instead encased in a pyramid, sat upright at a table with the winning cards. His logic was that if he was not buried in the ground the devil would not take him.

Whether he actually was a gambler is unknown and could be that the tale arose just because of the shape of his monument.

Middle England Developments Limited and Penlake Director Nigel Russell have said that work on the project will be finished by August 15th 2012.

Their team and partners have a combined 30 plus years experience in property sales, lettings and property investment. There are a number of key factors:-

-Middle England Developments will appoint their management company Penlake Limited, premier provider of student accommodation since 1995, to manage the site.

-Fully HMO licensed accommodation and accredited with Liverpool City Council.

-There are six other premium sites across the city which includes Beacon Building and Alexandra Terrace.

-All accommodation have on site management.

For more information see www.penlake.co.uk