Standing tall, the Royal Liver Building is best known for
being a dominate figure in Liverpool’s world-famous skyline.
Located at the Pier Head, this iconic Grade I listed building
overlooks the River Mersey and is also one third of the city’s Three Graces. Its
neighbours that complete the trio are the Cunard Building and the Port of
Built in 1911, the Royal Liver building at that time was the
tallest building in Europe, classing it as Europe’s first skyscraper and one of
the first building in the world built using reinforced concrete.
The Royal Liver Building stands at
98.2 m (322 ft) tall to the top of the spires, and 50.9 m
(167 ft) to the main roof and is now only the joint-fifth tallest structure in the City of
One of the most recognisable landmarks
in the city, it is also home to Liverpool’s Liver Birds Bertie and Bella designed
by Carl Bernard
Bartels. The birds who watch over the city and the
sea, re eighteen feet high, ten feet long and themselves carry in their beaks
an intricately cast sprig of seaweed.
Crowned by a pair of clock towers,
the clock faces are 7.6 m (25 ft) in diameter, larger than those of
London’s famous landmark, the Great Westminster Clock.
In October 2016, the building was
put up for sale for the first time in its history, with the owner
instructed CBRE Group to list
the sale with a guide price of more than £40m.
A Luxembourg-based investment
group, Corestate Capital, bought the building for £48 million in February 2017
along with Everton F.C. majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri. Moshiri plans to
run Everton’s affairs from the building and have his own office to include a
view of the new stadium on Bramley Moore Dock.
2019 welcomed a new visitor attraction Royal Liver Building 360, the attraction seen the building open to the public. RLB360 offers visitors the chance to tour the West Clock Tower of the building for the first time in over 108 years of history.
The journey begins at the lower ground
floor visitor centre where you can learn about the building’s history. There is
also a guided tour of the tenth and thirteenth floors, where you can enjoy spectacular
360-degree views of the Liverpool skyline and experience a world-class digital
projection show inside the historic clock tower.
It is also home to Royal Liver building Venue, which hosts everything from fashion shows, corporate meetings, product launches, weddings and parties.