Futurist safety work still ongoing

Work is still ongoing to make safe the derelict former Futurist Cinema on Lime Street in Liverpool.

An independent structural report was ordered by a Court of Appeal judge after SAVE Britain’s Heritage objected to the council’s proposed method for making the building safe.

It had been hoped the road would reopen by Thursday 9 June, but the work has not yet been completed.

A council spokesman said: “The independent structural engineer has made some changes to the original recommendations that were made over the work needed to make the façade of The Futurist safe. Good progress has been made, but the road will remain closed into Thursday.

“As soon as we are able to reopen it we will let people know. In the meantime, we apologise for the inconvenience that it is causing.”

The following diversions will remain in force:

For traffic travelling from the south: Berry Street, Leece Street, Rodney Street, Clarence Street, Russell Street, Seymour Street, London Road and Lime Street.

For traffic travelling from the north: London Road, Seymour Street, Russell Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.

Traffic travelling along St Anne Street and Pembroke Place: Seymour Street, Russell Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.

Traffic travelling up St Johns Lane: Lime Street, Commutation Row, Hunter Street, St Anne Street, Norton Street, Seymour Street, Russell Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.

For motorists on Lime Street (between London Road and Georges Place) who have missed the advanced signage, the alternative route is: right onto St Georges Place/St Johns Lane, Whitechapel, right onto Victoria Street, Byrom Street, right onto Hunter Street, right onto Norton Street, Seymour Street, Russell Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.

There is a secondary diversion route for motorists on Renshaw Street who have missed the advanced diversion signs on Berry Street: Copperas Hill, Seymour Street, London Road and Lime Street.

Access to St John’s Shopping Centre car park is unaffected.