Liverpool’s St George’s Hall set to undergo major repairs

Liverpool's St George's Hall is set to undergo major repairs while the coronavirus pandemic restricts the use of the building.

The council's cabinet are set to neat week approve work which will see renovations to the hall's roof, lighting and stonework.

St George's Hall was completed in 1854 and is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Liverpool. Its location opposite Lime Street Station means it is often one of the first major buildings visitors to the city see.

However, a council report outlining the extent of the repairs has warned that damage to the roof has become so bad that paintwork has been falling from the roof while events take place within the hall.

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The report says: "The Great Hall has suffered in the past from numerous roof leaks. The paintwork has now de-laminated from the plasterwork and is continually falling to ground causing distress to the people at events. Essential maintenance work is therefore required on this ceiling to maintain its appearance.

"The ceiling is at high level and therefore access equipment is required to complete the work. The temporary floor covering the Minton tiles will also need to be removed and the floor underneath protected whilst work proceeds. This work is difficult to undertake due mainly to the limited timescale previously offered between events."

It also says that ceiling lighting inside the hall is "obsolete" and damage to stone work on the steps outside the building is increasing the chances of trips and falls.

The report says that the pandemic, which has halted large events at the hall, provides a good opportunity to undertake the work.

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The report says: "Due to the current outbreak of Covid-19, and a temporary lull in event activity, an opportunity now exists to undertake the work whilst all events are cancelled."

Liverpool Council's cabinet will meet next Friday to approve the repairs.