Royal Liver Building Refurbishment, Remembrance Day, The Three Graces Offices, Historic English Architecture
Royal Liver Building Liverpool
Neoclassical Liverpool Grade A Office Building, England, UK – CBRE Property Information
18 Dec 2019
The Royal Liver Building launches new ‘Christmas Show’ light display
Liverpool’s most recognisable building, The Royal Liver Building, will light up with the magic of Christmas this year, for the first time in its 108-year history.
Following on from five successful light displays, including the building’s inaugural display, Flight, as part of the River of Light Festival, ‘Christmas Show’ will capture the spirit of the festive period and give onlookers the chance to see the stunning exterior of Liverpool’s most globally recognised landmark illuminated in the Christmas story.
The illuminations have been organised by real estate consultancy practice CBRE and designed by engineering and consultancy firm, Arup. For ‘Christmas Show’, Arup have created a Christmas story for spectators to enjoy, featuring light scenes of snowfall, Reindeer, Santa Claus and Liverpool’s own Liverbirds, ‘Bertie and Bella’, taking their place at the top of the Christmas tree.
The display will run daily from 13th December until 30th December at both 6pm and 7pm. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day the display will be shown at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.
Specialised light displays have become a permanent feature of The Royal Liver Building, as part of the site’s redevelopment and the city’s cultural calendar, as the building offers bespoke displays for special occasions.
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, with a host of new amenities planned, including new office space, a coffee shop, bar and gym. Earlier in 2019, Heritage Great Britain opened the flagship tourist attraction RLB360 inside the Grade I listed building, which has seen over 30,000 visitors go behind the scenes of Liverpool’s most prestigious address in just six months.
Simon Hepple, Director for the National Building Consultancy team in Liverpool, commented:
“The new lighting experience is a vital part of the repositioning of the Royal Liver Building as a world-class office building and leisure destination. We hope that ‘Christmas Show’ will bring joy to spectators during the festive period whilst also showcasing the iconic building to both locals and visitors to the city.
CBRE have produced an incredibly exciting vision for the Grade I listed building aimed at expanding its contribution to the city and enhancing its ability to attract more business to Liverpool and in particular to the city’s famous waterfront.”
For more details about the Royal Liver Building’s ‘Christmas Show’ please visit: www.rlb360.com
14 Oct 2019
The Royal Liver Building Remembrance Day Tribute
The Royal Liver Building to pay respects to fallen heroes with commemorative light display
Liverpool’s most recognisable building, The Royal Liver Building, will pay tribute to the Armed Forces, veterans and allies through a specially commissioned commemorative light display.
Following on from the inaugural light show, Flight, which launched this year’s River of Light festival, the Remembrance Day display at the 108 year old building will be a tailored light show that will illuminate the exterior of Liverpool’s globally recognised landmark.
The display will allow people to pay their respects every hour between 6pm and 9pm on both Sunday 10 and Monday 11 November.
The display has been organised by real estate consultancy practice CBRE and designed by engineering and consultancy firm, Arup. Prior to creating the story, Arup’s lighting design team brainstormed what Remembrance Day means to them. The team then used these ideas to develop a series of scenes depicted with light during the five minute tribute. Starting with the poppies in Flanders Fields and honouring the graves, recognising the Armed Forces and then the sun setting on the day, the display will be a memorable and fitting tribute to past and present armed forces.
Lauren Blow, Senior Lighting Designer at Arup said:
“The Remembrance Day light display is a tribute to all those who have lost their lives in the line of duty and is designed to be calm and respectful, with slower fades and transitions of light. It extends the Remembrance Day tributes into the evening, using the fabric of the Royal Liver Building as a canvas – a building which was once connected to the war efforts, having housed HMS Eaglet.”
Ian Edwards, Senior Building Manager at the Royal Liver Building, commented:
“There is a deep-rooted connection between the Royal Liver Building’s history and Remembrance Day. Many previous Royal Liver employees, who worked for the company for many years, return to the Royal Liver Building each year to host a small ceremony to honour previous workers who lost their lives during the wars. We are proud to offer people a place to pay their respects to loved ones.”
For more details about the Royal Liver Building’s Remembrance Day tribute please visit www.rlb360.com
14 Oct 2019
The Royal Liver Building Lighting
2019 River of Light Festival At The Royal Liver Building
14th October 2019 – Third phase of development work set to illuminate Royal Liver Building
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 occasions.
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 months.
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 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.”
4 Sep 2019
The Royal Liver Building Renewal
Major Works Underway At The Royal Liver Building
Work is well underway to deliver the next phase of development at The Royal Liver Building which will combine high quality office space alongside amenities, health and wellbeing activities.
Following planning approval in 2018, contractors are now on site and the scheme is on track to be completed by November 2019. Developed and managed by real estate consultancy practice CBRE, Liverpool’s most prestigious address will house a wide variety of office space in addition to social and community offerings all under one roof, located on the much-desired waterfront setting.
c. 43,000 sq ft of Grade A office space will be delivered over the ground, mezzanine and 1st floors, with accommodation on the 1st floor available by October 2019. A new restaurant, coffee shop, bar, gym and cycle facilities will also form part of the new offering providing tenants with the opportunity to take advantage of the health and well-being activities available in the building.
This phase of works includes the creation of an open plan, mixed use concourse with mezzanine and gallery spaces which opens up the entire ground floor area. A combination of small and large office suites from c.500 sq ft to c. 43,000 sq ft will be offered across three floors which have been designed to accommodate a wide range of companies from micro businesses to SME’s.
2019 is set to continue to be a busy year for the iconic building with renovation work set to be completed by November 2019. Planning consent was obtained earlier this year for a restaurant and café/bar with CBRE leisure agents currently seeking suitable operators for the space. In addition to this the visitor attraction – Royal Liver Building 360 – recently opened up the building for the first time in its 108-year history offering the public the chance to explore the world-famous location including a new visitor centre and a world-class audio visual experience within the Clock Tower.
Neil Kirkham, Director, CBRE’s Office Agency team in Liverpool said:
“This really is a pivotal moment in the history of The Royal Liver Building. The work that has now commenced on site, really will reposition the offer of the building and experience to both occupiers and visitors alike. Opening up the building and creating new reception areas will provide a real sense of arrival in the building. In addition to this the new amenities on offer including coffee shops/bar, restaurant, break out areas, touchdown work zones and more formal meeting rooms will really provide tenants with a complete 360 office experience.’
Andy Byrne, Associate Director, CBRE’s Office Agency team in Liverpool said:
“A building in a prime location is no longer sufficient when considering the needs of a modern business. The health and wellbeing of employees is now a huge priority for employers when looking at office space and the new offering at the building will really tick all the boxes by offering quality, flexible office space as well as leisure spaces and health and wellbeing activities. The repositioning of The Royal Liver Building has been focused around providing our tenants with a first class offering which increases productivity, inspires collaboration and encourages occupiers to see their work place as more than just office space.”
For more information and details of the space available please visit www.cbre.co.uk
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