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  • The Royal Liver Building is formerly the tallest building in Europe (excluding cathedrals and parliaments). It was also the first reinforced concrete building built in the United Kingdom, a modern skyscraper in effect.
  • The clock faces of the tower are the largest in the U.K after Shell Mex House. The heads of the Royal Liver Society even used one as a grand dining table before it was installed.
  • Within the Royal Liver Building are actually sixteen lift shafts, although four of these are now unused and have been in that state since 1972.
  • Cladding the exterior is Norwegian Granite, some 25,000 tonnes of material in total.
  • The building is so large, not because the Royal Liver Society required large amounts of space, but because they intended for the building to operate as an investment. To this day they only occupy two floors with the rest profitably rented out to commercial organisations.

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Architect
Walter Aubrey Thomas
Developer
Royal Liver Friendly Society

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Reference No.
369
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
08-11-2014
 

Building Location

Address
Pier Head, Liverpool. L3 9AG
Council
Liverpool City Council
County
Merseyside
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1907
Construction start date
1908
Completion date
1911
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Neo Classical

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
98.21
Roof Height (AGL)
90.00

Royal Liver Building

Total Floors (O.G)
13
Number of Lifts
12

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Primary Use
Office


Construction Cost
£800,000.00
Budget Date
1911

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