ILLEGAL alterations to an historic Liverpool office block were rectified by the owner after being exposed by the Post.
Green Property, which owns the celebrated India Buildings – an English Heritage Grade II listed property – has started refitting the six bronze entrance plaques removed earlier this week.
As revealed by the Post yesterday, that was done without planning permission from Liverpool council, which is required when the outside of a listed building is changed.
The plaques were removed so large advertising banners could be erected on the sides of the property, built between 1923 and 1937.
The council issued an official warning on what it called a “criminal offence” and insisted the plaques must be restored.
But the Irish-owned, London-based Green Property sought to play down the blunder and claimed it was in detailed discussions with city planning and conservation officers for more than five months to secure listed building consent to allow its investment to take place.
But it gave no reassurance about keeping open the glamorous Holt’s Arcade of shops, which cuts through India Buildings and is also Grade II-listed. It is likely it will become management offices.
Green Property director Mike Tapp said: “Any changes we may make to ensure the building remains fit for purpose as a premier office address need to take into account its wonderful fabric.
“I have been impressed with Liverpool council’s input in that regard.”