Sheridan Lifts at the centre of Liverpool conservation project


Sheridan Lifts has played a part in a conservation and refurbishment project in Liverpool where it is fitting a number of pieces of equipment.  

The Manchester lift firm is installing a MRL four-stop passenger lift, a one-stop disabled step lift and a two-stop goods lift as part of a new heritage facility in Calderstones Park.

Sheridan Lifts was appointed by its client John Turner Construction, which is the main contractor for the works on-site.

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The project involves relocating several ancient monolith stones to the park and will build a new centre as part of an overall refurbishment programme.

The stones are around 5,000 years old and date back to a similar period to Stonehenge. The project has been part funded by a National Lottery heritage fund grant of just under £2m.

The stones were once part of a tomb and this will be re-created in their new layout within the refurbished Mansion House, where they will be protected from the elements.

Back in 1845 they were arranged in a stone circle by then estate owner Joseph Need Walker and were moved some 100 years later from the park’s entrance on Menlove Avenue.

Ten years later they were placed within the Harthill Vestibule Greenhouse which accelerated their deterioration due to temperate and humidity changes.

Now fully restored following specialist conservation work in London, they have been re-installed by conservation expert Orbis Construction with permission and oversight by Historic England and Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent.

Commenting on the project, The Reader’s Calderstones and Heritage Manager George Hawkins said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the Calder Stones back home and we can’t wait for our visitors to see them in all their glory.

“The Calder Stones have brought people together through the ages and we’re excited to be able to share their story and protect them for future generations.”

Image credit: Sheridan Lifts

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