Church of St Luke’s, (‘Bombed Out Church’), Liverpool

This Grade II listed church is constructed in 1811 under the supervision of Corporation Surveyor and Architect John Foster Senior and is of outstanding architectural value. The interior suffered bomb damage during World War II, leaving only the external masonry walls. While earmarked for demolition in the 50s and 60s, the site came to be regarded as a war memorial, and latterly the building has been used as a community and art space.

Donald Insall Associates was appointed by Liverpool City Council to lead emergency repairs to the high level masonry which was becoming a danger to users of the building, which resulted in the building being added to the Historic England’s Building at Risk Register in 2003. The works were solely concerned with the stabilisation of the existing fabric. New interventions are limited to a minimum and where included are necessary to provide protection to the existing fabric. We were subsequently appointed to lead the installation of an architectural lighting system, which was unveiled at the church in the presence of the Mayor of Liverpool in 2017 to mark its removal from the Heritage at Risk Register.

Liverpool City Council