The Liverpool landmark still lying empty - two years after renovation plans were approved

An historic Liverpool landmark is still lying empty more than two years after plans were granted to convert it in to luxury flats.

NC Architecture got permission in 2017 to convert the Ark synagogue, widely known as Greenbank Synagogue, into 22 apartments and build 36 new apartments within the grounds.

But little appears to have changed within the building, and earlier this week footage emerged of an urban explorer falling through its old roof.

The building was a focus of the ECHO’s Stop the Rot campaign.

If completed, the approved plans would see the existing architectural features that earned the building – situated on Greenbank Drive – its Grade II status.

And a ‘community area’ was also part of the design, including the building’s original pews.


A new gallery would have formed part of that community area, which statements with the plans say would ‘showcase the synagogue’s rich history and artefacts’.

The synagogue’s demise was partly blamed in the fall in Liverpool’s Jewish population, which now stands at under 3,000, down from around 11,000 a century ago.

(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Despite being closed, it was given Grade II* listed status to ensure its survival, and in 2010 it was put on the ‘at risk’ register by Historic England.

And in the years before planning permission was granted the mammoth building benefited from £70,000 worth of rescue funding, £51,000 from English Heritage and the rest from Liverpool City Council.


In 2008 there were plans drawn up to convert the building into flats but they did not come to fruition.

NC Architecture has been approached for comment.

Nick covers local government and politics for the ECHO, focusing on Liverpool and Knowsley.

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