Liverpool’s St Luke’s Church will light up to mark its full re-opening and removal from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register.
A new 3-G architectural lighting system has been commissioned to complete the £500,000 restoration of the city centre landmark, which is affectionately known as The Bombed Out Church.
The colour and visual effect changing installation by local lighting firm MJ Quinn was put in place at the 185-year-old Grade II-listed building with help from specialist electrical engineers and stone masons.
The completion of works at the site coincides with the announcement that the 19th Century Gothic church, which sits within Liverpool’s World Heritage site buffer zone had was burned out in the 1941 May Blitz during the Second World War, is no longer considered ‘at risk’. The building had been on Heritage England’s Heritage at Risk register since its inception in 1999.
Performances by Liverpool’s Pagoda Youth Orchestra Flower Drummers will take place at The Bombed Out Church this morning as part of a special event to celebrate the achievement and the building’s full re-opening.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson says: “It’s been a personal goal of mine that we restore St Luke’s to its rightful place as one of the city’s crown jewels and I’m delighted that as of today it is no longer on Historic England’s Heritage At Risk Register. This is a landmark moment that heralds an exciting new chapter in its illustrious history.
“This amazing new lighting scheme gives St Luke’s a whole new dimension to be part of citywide celebrations. It is also a signal of the quality we should come to expect as part of a wider strategy to attract, enchant and enthral a new generation of admirers.”
Following a public consultation, Liverpool City Council this year awarded a 30-year lease to St Luke’s Bombed Out Church Ltd to run the venue as an arts and events space that supports the vulnerable and provides opportunities for volunteering.
Ambrose Reynolds, director of Bombed Out Church Ltd, says: “I’ve dreamed of days like today. For me St Luke’s has always been a place of beauty and wonder but now with the support of Liverpool City Council and Historic England everyone else will get to see it with a fresh pair of eyes. This venue has so much potential and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help shape its future.”
Charles Smith, principal adviser for Heritage at Risk at Historic England in the North West, adds: “Historic England is delighted to have worked in partnership with Liverpool City Council to deliver the renewal of this great Liverpool landmark, allowing this much-loved building to be used and enjoyed in the future.”