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Lighting up Prescot’s heritage

by Lisa Bennett

New lighting at Prescot Parish Church is showcasing Knowsley’s only Grade I listed building.

The architectural LED lighting has been installed as part of the council’s wider regeneration plans for Prescot town centre and will enhance the night time visitor experience and will be complemented by new way finding signage, artwork and other public realm improvements.

The church is opposite the site where the new Shakespeare North Playhouse is being built and next to the new Market Place where the new Imaginarium Bistro will soon open, which will establish that area as the heartbeat of the town centre.

The colour and design of the new lighting scheme subtly highlights the church tower and steeple and its features. Earlier this year, the tower and steeple were sensitively restored and repaired thanks to a Heritage Lottery Funded project.

The work, carried out by accredited heritage architects, Anthony Grimshaw Associates, replaced slate louvres to the bell chamber and individual weather damaged stones. A new lion’s head was beautifully carved and the weather vane and clock faces were refurbished and regilded.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:

“It is wonderful to see this beautiful historic church illuminated. The new lighting really enhances the building and creates a welcoming atmosphere around the church and the town centre in general.

 

This is another successful project that the borough council has delivered as part of our wider regeneration plans for Prescot town centre, making it a more appealing place for people to visit and spend time especially during the evening. With the new Market Place and Imaginarium Bistro opening soon and the Shakespeare Playhouse just across the road, this area will really come to life and be a fantastic focal point for town centre.”

The LED lighting was installed by architectural lighting specialists LITE in partnership with Knowsley Council’s street lighting contractor SSE Enterprise Contracting and enhances key architectural structures of the church.

The scheme was funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Single Investment Fund Shakespeare North Rail Interchange Prescot Transport Scheme which will invest £8 million into transport improvements at Prescot train station and throughout the town centre.