LJMU students visit Cooper’s Building

Williams Tarr recently hosted a series of site visits to Cooper’s Building for building surveying students from Liverpool John Moores University in collaboration with Project Managers Chris Wilman and Richard Kelly of JLL. The visitors received full safety inductions and were taken on a guided tour of this interesting large scale remediation project.

Williams Tarr are well advanced with major structural repairs to the roof and upper floors of the iconic six storey Cooper’s Building on Church Street, Liverpool’s main pedestrianised shopping area.

Extensive areas of stone work on the early 1900’s building are being removed to gain access for the remediation of the badly corroded structural steel columns and beams, and then progressively reinstated. Internally, the concrete and masonry encasement to main steel members is also being removed to facilitate remediation of the corrosion.



The highly technical project involves the use of complex specially designed cantilevered scaffold projecting out from the building at fourth floor level to avoid any obstructions to the busy River Island store frontage below.   The scaffold provides access for the masonry operations and incorporates a gantry with a system of high level runway beams and electric hoists capable of lifting masonry blocks up to one tonne in weight. 

The students were all studying building surveying at 1st, 3rd year and masters levels. Their interests were causes of defects, remediation, contractual and neighbourly agreements, history of building and scaffold access. 

Williams Tarr Site Manager Jon Marsden said:

“It’s great to give up and coming construction professionals an insight into a live city centre job where we have resolved numerous interesting technical and logistical challenges”

Corroded steel roof beam being exposed for treatment

Corroded steel roof beam being exposed for treatment


2.Cantilevered mason’s scaffold high above Church St.

Cantilevered mason’s scaffold high above Church St.


Click here to view our letter of thanks from Liverpool JMU.