Sandfield Tower has been something of an obsession for us ever since we first noticed the building on Queens Drive when stuck in a traffic jam. Why was the building in such a poor state? Was it being demolished? Who owned the property, and more importantly, what was the history of the building?
We lay no claim to the building, nor are qualified in any aspect to take on the renovation of the building, not only because it is still privately owned, but as the years have gone on, we have constantly campaigned for this building to be recognised by local and national bodies. These have included Liverpool City Council, the Liverpool Echo's Stop the Rot campaign, and nationally we have spoken to both SAVE Britain's Heritage and English Heritage.
Although the City Council have secured the building, people are still getting in to further damage the interior. We believe that this is now a last ditch attempt to stop the building from being demolished on 'unsafe grounds' and urge anyone who wishes to see this fine building restored, to write to their local councillor and also write to Liverpool City Council. A Grade 2 listed building and of importance to our history, this building must be saved. Should you have any further information on this building, whether you have information on the history, or more importantly, pictures of the interior/exterior, please do get in contact. You can view my portfolio by clicking on the image to the below right or by contacting me, Jonathon Wild on the details here:
Visitors to the building today have to take care when crossing the entrance chamber, especially when there is an 8 foot drop in to the basement due to the lack of floor left in this space. The building, even from this area would have been a grand area to welcome guests in to the building. they would have the choice to go directly in to the Drawing room to the left or head futher along the hallway to the fireplace. Once at the fireplace, they could then turn left in to the Dining Room or right to the stairs.
This view shows the building in its abandoned state. Viewing from the back hall directly in to the front room of the building, we can see how large the room is, and how the building was built using brickwork on the inside. Viewing the 3D model, we now see the windows and furniture that has been put in to this room. Perhaps this was once the drawing room for visitors before they were welcomed in to other parts of the building. A large and spacious room with light from the three windows.
Far left we see the back of the entrance chamber of which there would have been a welcoming fire. The 3D model shows one can walk left in to the side room or turn right towards the main hallway of the building. The picture 2nd from right now shows the missing staircase and is open to the floor below. We see in the final picture that the stairs have been placed, the floor added and the correct doorways to each room.
We now view the rear of the property. At one time, this was the main room used by the Church and could seat up to 100 people! Now fire damaged and badly decayed, the only remaining part are parts of the original window fittings. This would make an excellent family room.