Everton Library was constructed in 1896 by architect Thomas Shelmerdine and is one of the earliest public libraries in Liverpool.  Affectionately known as the ‘Jewel on the Hill’, the Grade II listed building has unfortunately been derelict since 2006 and after falling into a state of disrepair, was placed on the Victorian Society’s list of the top ten most endangered buildings in 2019.  Everton Library sits at the heart of a community who are keen to see this building restored to its former glory and futue uses have been proposed, including a community hub where arts, culture, heritage and enterprise can meet.

Quadriga were employed to carry out urgent restoration work due to continuing deterioration caused by the theft of rainwater goods, vandalism of the building fabric and damage caused by trespassers.

We also helped host a community day, alongside the Open Everton Library community advocacy group.  Held at the adjacent St Georges Church, the event aimed to share experience, knowledge and ideas to ensure a sustainable future for the library.  Lindsay Law and Laura Brown of Quadriga spoke to the attendees about the importance of recognising and understanding heritage values, highlighted the skills shortage in the heritage arena and discussed how this was being tackled and the need to continue to advocate for craft skills.  The event was well attended by members of the local community.


Works included:

  • Removal of pigeon guano to all areas safely accessible.
  • Removal of vegetation to front elevation.
  • Installation of propping to support the mezzanine floor.
  • Removal of existing defective weatherproofing and reinstatement of an appropriate temporary covering to minimise water entering the building.
  • Removal of standing water from roof surfaces.
  • Replacement of defective rainwater goods.
  • Removal and storage of potentially dangerous elements including hanging light fittings.
  • Construction of scaffold frame internally to support staircase.
  • Following remedial and repair works, the area was assessed to help prevent further moisture ingress.


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