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Nobles starts on monastery

2 Aug 11 Work has started on Liverpool’s first new Carmelite monastery for more than 100 years. It is believed to be the largest Carmel currently under construction in Europe.

The monastery at Maryton Grange, Allerton, Liverpool, will be the new home of the Carmelite Sisters who are relocating from their present monastery in West Derby.

Liverpool-based Nobles Construction has started work on this unique project on a 36,000 sq m site. Contract value is undisclosed. The 60-week project is expected to be completed in summer 2012.

The order of 30 Sisters will be moving to the more secluded location after 100 years at its present monastery, next to Broughton Hall and Cardinal Heenan Schools. It is one of 20 Carmelite monasteries in the UK.

The three-storey building, which has been designed by architects Austin-Smith:Lord, will be constructed with traditional materials and will feature a central chapel, cloister and work areas, together with a care facility for elderly sisters.

Features include ground source heating, solar panels and rainwater harvesting facilities. 

Nobles Construction director Peter Linford said: “This is an exciting and challenging project for us as it will be the first new build Carmelite monastery in Liverpool for more than a century. The building and landscaping has been designed to meet the requirements of the order and remain sympathetic to a traditional style monastery whilst incorporating 21st century facilities.

“We are working closely with the Prioress to ensure these needs are met and that their move is as smooth as possible.  The new building will reflect its peaceful environment and include renewable energy installations as well as protecting existing wildlife.”

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