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Soul Singer turned property Developer transforming Liverpool for the better




Liverpool chart star turned property developer is converting a community church into homes as part of his family’s ongoing effort to rejuvenate the Liverpool 8 neighbourhood where they grew up.

The £2m redevelopment of Belvidere Baptist Church in Princes Park is the latest project from ECAM Properties, which was founded in the mid-1980s by brothers Eddyand Chris Amoo of British soul sensations The Real Thing.

After a string of smash hits including the number one ‘You to Me Are Everything’ and ‘Children of the Ghetto’, they set up the business to put something back into the L8 area were they grew up and breathe new life into its neglected buildings.





Today the family firm is run by Eddy [pictured above centre] , his wife Sylvia and their daughters Dionne and Marlene.

The new development, called Lili May Mews, is the firm’s 22nd and features 20 homes, from one bed apartments to three bedroom townhouses, for sale and rent.


Eddy said: “Lili May Mews is a quirky development and will attract people who want something a bit different, plus it’s close to the city centre and has great access to green spaces.
Steve Hughes, of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, with Eddy Amoo, of The Real Thing and ECAM Properties.
Steve Hughes, of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, with Eddy Amoo, of The Real Thing and ECAM Properties.

“The church is subject to a conservation order, therefore we have had to be careful to source the right materials.


“We are bringing the church into the 21st Century so it’s important to retain as many original features as possible whilst ensuring that it is ecologically sound and giving the development a modern twist.


“Being able to contribute to the local economy is important to us and over the years we have built strong relationships with our suppliers. During this project we have worked with more than 30 suppliers, of which 95% are based in Liverpool.


“The economic climate over the last few years has been tough for everyone, and for a small family business such as ours it has been important to have support from Lloyds Bank, who we have had a relationship with for 50 years.”


The Amoos have a deep commitment to Liverpool 8 - The Real Thing’s 1977 album ‘4 from 8’ was named in tribute to their neighbourhood - and Eddy says ECAM now has its eye on the Welsh Cathedral on Princess Road [pictured below], which has been vacant since the 1990s.




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Steve Hughes, relationship director, property, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “ECAM Properties has been extremely successful in building a business while also supporting the ongoing transformation of Liverpool 8



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“It has breathed new life into a landmark building that was under threat and has created new homes whilst supporting local employers as much as possible.

“We’re passionate about working with local businesses to aid their growth and we have a team of specialist property relationship managers who have a wealth of experience to support our customers in the sector.”

Belvidere Baptist Church was built in 1861 and was originally a Wesleyan Methodist church called St Johns before it reformed in 1950, but the trustees had recently struggled with maintenance costs and sold to ECAM. The congregation now meets at Belvidere School hall.

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