A collaboration between several Derby-based businesses and the Liversage Trust charity has given a new lease of life to a well-loved building. The former Liversage Arms public house has been converted into six apartments which will be the latest property in The Birchover Residences portfolio.
Located on Nottingham Road, on the northern edge of Derby city centre, The Birchover Residences Liversage House is available for long-term stays and is already fully booked until mid-May. Guests staying at the property are typically working for large organisations in Derby on contracts for several months at a time.
Paul McLocklin of Montague Architects created the vision and the plans for the property to be altered from it’s previous status as a public house into residential apartments. The work was carried out by Derwent Valley Construction and overseen by members of The Liversage Trust.
Commenting on the challenges faced during the restoration phase Andrew Stone, Managing Director of Derwent Valley Construction, explained “The condition of the ground and the age of the foundations at this historic property caused some major challenges. However, with the Company’s experience of refurbishing older buildings and the co-operation of the entire team the problems were successfully overcome. This is a project to be proud of and a handsome addition to the historic fabric of the City.”
The result is a fine example of modern living housed within a beautiful and important building which is familiar to many as part of Derby’s city centre landscape. The transition of use was marked by an event held in late February, which was attended by representatives from Liversage Trust, Derwent Valley Construction, Montague Architects and The Birchover Residences. Also in attendance were several local councilors and other people who have an affinity with the building.
John Brittain, Chair of the Estates Committee for the Trust gave a detailed and interesting speech on the history of the property before presenting several members of the project board with a commemorative original beer pump from the old pub!
Carl Bridge, Director of The Birchover Residences gave a nod to the past, whilst looking forward to the future when he said “We are extremely proud to be the custodians of this fine building.
We are hugely impressed with the quality of the finish, the layout and design of the apartments and the working relationship we’ve had with the entire team. Naturally, we are looking forward to continuing to work closely with The Liversage Trust on this and future projects”.