An operator has been appointed to manage St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out’ Church in Liverpool ahead of its reopening later this year.
Liverpool City Council has charged community-based company St Luke’s Bombed Out Church Ltd with running the historic building as a heritage attraction on a 30-year lease.
Bombed Out Church Ltd’s appointment follows a month-long public consultation to establish how to secure the long-term future of the city centre war memorial, which is undergoing a £500,000 restoration.
A report to the council’s cabinet today (12 May) recommends the approval of Bombed Out Church Ltd’s “community first” vision and rubber stamps plans to reopen the building to the public “as soon as possible”.
The church gardens are set to reopen in June during the first phase of the redevelopment, with the council pledging to install external feature lighting features later this year and reopen the interior in July.
Tentative plans to reinstate the church’s balcony in the nave, mezzanine floors in the vestries and potentially install a glazed canopy in the chancel with the nave remaining open to the elements have also been revealed.
Ambrose Reynolds, director of Bombed Out Church Ltd, says: “I’m over the moon to have been given the chance to continue to operate St Luke’s. I want to make it a space that everyone can enjoy. I can’t wait to get going and we’ve already got some great events lined up to host in the gardens.”
As well as playing host to exhibitions, theatre, music, classic cinema, weddings, parties, festivals and corporate events, the revitalised Bombed Out Church will focus on events which support the vulnerable and provide volunteer opportunities, working with groups including the homeless and the recovery community.