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National award for York contractors
11:40am Thursday 14th March 2013 in Business news
A YORK firm which specialises in restoring buildings has collected an award for its work on an historic Liverpool site.
Osbaldwick-based contractors William Anelay Ltd, which has 265 years of experience in preserving and reviving northern architectural landmarks, received a national Civic Trust Community Recognition accolade – one of only three awarded across the UK – after restoring the 124-year-old Florence Institute, Britain’s oldest surviving purpose-built boys’ club.
“The Florrie”, in the Dingle area of Liverpool, inspired the likes of boxer Alan Rudkin, comedian Jimmy Tarbuck and musician Gerry Marsden before closing in 1988 and falling into disrepair. The £4.8 million restoration was completed last March, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and regeneration agencies, transforming the building into a community hub and social centre.