The Royal Liver
Building, Liverpool’s most iconic landmark and one of the UK’s
most recognisable buildings, will for the first time in its 108 year history be
brought to life through light.
Following on from the recent
announcement that the grade 1 listed building will be welcoming 43,000 sq ft of new office
space, a coffee shop, bar and gym, the next phase of development is due to
launch next month with a unique lighting experience.
The official launch will be the inaugural event that opens River of
Light with a special show being created to commemorate the festival. Moving
forward the Royal Liver Building’s light demonstrations will become an integral part of the city’s
culture calendar as the building will have bespoke displays for special
The ongoing architectural lighting will form part of the legacy for the
Royal Liver Building and represents just some of the significant investment
that will see the iconic development open its doors to the public for the first
time later this year with the building welcoming a host of new amenities. The
extensive work will also see the Royal Liver Building diversify its occupier
offering as c.500 sq ft office space will be available for small businesses.
The masterplan for the Royal Liver Building, developed and managed by real estate consultancy
practice CBRE, is already coming to life with the iconic landmark being
repositioned as a destination for both work and leisure. Earlier this year the
RLB360 tour began which has seen over 32,000 visitors
go behind the scenes of Liverpool’s most prestigious address in just five
Simon Hepple, Director
for the National Building Consultancy team in Liverpool, commented:
“CBRE have produced
an incredibly exciting vision for the majestic Royal Liver Building as a world
class office building, expanding and enhancing its contribution to the city and
ability to attract more businesses.
On behalf of real estate
investment manager Corestate Capital Group and trusted partners, we have drawn
on expertise to develop a program of refurbishment to create a new dynamic
visitor and occupier experience.
The new lighting
experience is a vital part of the repositioning of the building and the first
of its kind in the UK, showcasing Liverpool’s innovative spirit. We hope that
it will bring joy to visitors to the city, serving as a location to meet,
enhancing the waterfront and promoting the Royal Liver Building and Pier Head
as a desirable destination to work and visit.
Lauren Blow, senior
Lighting Designer at Arup said:
“The scheme aims to
rediscover the magnificence and form of the Grade I Royal Liver Building during
the hours of darkness with a timeless external lighting scheme which
transforms into a story-telling platform each night.
The clocks and famous
Liver Birds which adorn the Royal Liver Building are fundamental to the
Liverpool story and city heritage and are interpreted during the light
show. Millions of people have looked to these towers for the time of day
and, throughout history, with the hope of security for their loved ones at sea.
These towers will be brought back to life with light to reinstate the original
purpose of the clock towers in a 21st century ‘digital’ format.”