Townscape Heritage Initiative – Eccleston Street, Prescot!

Aura Ltd  have successfully been awarded the contract to refurbish the exterior No 72 Eccleston Street ( Locally known as the Flat iron) as Principal Contractor.

Working closely with Smith.Young Architecture Ltd – Liverpool.

This will be our 3rd Property in the same street in the  Historic, Prescot village.


Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a five-year project to repair, restore and re-use historic buildings and spaces in Prescot town centre. Prescot is one of the oldest settlements in Merseyside and the project is drawing on this diverse heritage to
help shape the town’s future.The THI will restore shopfronts, historic architectural features, repair historic buildings and improve open spaces, including the medieval Market Place. It aims to make Prescot town centre more attractive and vibrant, working with existing businesses, attracting new businesses and creating new homes.
The initiative is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council and other local partners. It will see around £4 million invested in bringing Prescot’s heritage back to life.

Our Work

As part of the THI, Aura Conservation Ltd were employed to carry out repair and restoration works to the roof and shop front at number 46 Eccleston Street, with some additional internal work. The roof was stripped, and rotten timbers replaced. New
insulation, felt and battens were installed, before re-slating in the existing slates. Approximately 20% of the slates were replaced with reclaimed slates to match the original. New lead flashings were also installed.The rear elevation was raked out and re-pointed in a lime mortar and two new lintels were installed to high level windows. All windows were replaced, including the shop front and risers. Internally, wiring was replaced, and the flooring was replaced with engineered oak flooring.
The shop front was re-decorated, and the shop sign replaced. A new awning was installed, and external cast iron gates fitted to the entrance, all making the shop front more in keeping with how it would have originally looked.

46 Eccleston Street 

Eccleston Street

Our Work

Aura Conservation Ltd were employed to carry out repair and restoration works to the roof and shop front at number 27

Descaling of stone cills: remove all loose, friable material bristle and/ or phosphor bronze brushes. Hand rub exposed stonework faces with carborundum blocks to produce the smoothest reasonable finish to blend with surrounding stonework. Following cleaning of the brickwork, including painted over cills, lintels and window jambs, using the DOFF method.

27 Eccleston Street

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72 Eccleston Street

The latest phase of work we have started on this exciting scheme is at number 72. Locally known as ‘The Flatiron Building’ as the structure is very similar to ‘The Flatiron Building’ in New York and is one of the tallest buildings in the city: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatiron_Building.

Our works involve refurbishment of the façade – including doff cleaning of the whole building,  stone repairs/replacement, replacement of the whole slate roof and refurbishment of existing sash windows. Works are 4 weeks in, with the scaffold up and work well under way.

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Client is exploring possibilities to install a working ‘Timeball’ signalling device which will be a major attraction.

The services we provide for you at aura conservation


Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.


Traditional Roof Slating, , Roof Features & Drainage, Lead Protection, Lead work, Zinc Copper & Stainless Steel, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection.


Painting & Decorating, Decorative Plasterwork, Tiling, Timber Flooring.

Services & Treatment

Principle Contractor on several trade refurbishment projects. Protection and Remedial Treatment, Paint Finishes, Mortars & Renders, Pointing, Paint Removal, Masonry Cleaning, Structural Repairs, Epoxy Resin Repairs.

Metal, Wood & Glass

Fine Joinery, Wood Carving, Windows and Doors, Stained Glass, Secondary Glazing, Metalwork.

You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB.

Tel: 0161 442 9850 / Fax: 0161 432 8478

Email  enquiries@auraltd.co.uk 
Web    www.auraltd.co.uk



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