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West Derby’s historic Sandheys House to be refurbished

Plans have been submitted to refurbish Grade II-listed Sandheys, a late Georgian house formerly part of Holly Lodge School.

West Derby Society (WDS) has been among those calling for action to save this fine building on Mill Lane, empty since 2014.

Stephen Guy, WDS chairman, said: “We are delighted that action to save one of West Derby’s threatened buildings is underway.

“Detailed plans have been unveiled and are now going through the planning process with Liverpool City Council.
“WDS fully supports these plans which preserve the historic integrity of this fine building, known to generations of Holly Lodge pupils.”

The building has been acquired for conversion to flats and apartments by the Torus Group. 

An extension, in keeping with the historic building, will be built at the back. Adjacent historic outbuildings, including former stables, will also be used for accommodation.

Sandheys was built about 1830 by merchant Robert Westmore. From 1846 to the First World War, it was occupied by members of the Bright family, prominent business people with railway and shipping interests.

The United Services Club bought Sandheys in 1919 as a home for orphans of soldiers and sailors who died in the war.

It became part of Holly Lodge in 1928, initially as a junior school. 

Liverpool architects Halsall Lloyd Partnership say in a heritage statement: “The major significance of the building is its setting along Mill Lane, a distinct and imposing front elevation and central Ionic porch. 

“The building is accessed from Mill Lane and is set back from the road, concealed behind a brick boundary wall with a gated access to the highway. 

“The building is hidden from sight, and masked by a number of mature trees, which haven’t been maintained for some time. Some of these are subject to a tree preservation order. 

“A key element of the proposals is to retain and enhance the building’s setting, opening up the front elevation to allow people to appreciate this significant building.”

 

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