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Austin-Smith:Lord completes Liverpool monastery

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[First look + plans] Austin-Smith:Lord has completed a 4,000m² monastery building at Maryton Grange, in Allerton, south Liverpool

The three-storey Carmelite monastery features extensive decorative brickwork and energy-saving heating and ventilation.

The building is home to a closed community of 30 nuns, who have relocated from their previous retreat in West Derby.

The design features a central chapel, cloister and work areas, as well as a care facility for elderly sisters. The scheme used Wienerberger Bronsgroen brick laid in a Flemish bond.

According to the practice, the building ‘embodies the life of the sisters; a daily cycle of prayer, manual labour, communal mealtimes and private reflection’.

The building is naturally ventilated, heavily insulated and features a ground source heat pump and solar water heating.

The monastery is described as ‘an ecologically balanced wildlife haven with wildflower meadows, woodlands of native species and a lake’ and includes an extensive kitchen garden, orchard and wildflower meadow.’

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  • How much did this beautiful place cost? For nuns? Aren´t they supposed to live in more modest conditions?

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