Royal Liver Building Liverpool Offices: Lighting

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

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 Royal Liver Building River of Light festival Lighting:
Royal Liver Building Liverpool Offices: Lighting
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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.”

Royal Liver Building Liverpool Offices: Lighting
photo © Adrian Welch

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

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.

Architectural lighting of Liverpool’s iconic landmark:
Royal Liver Building Liverpool Offices: Lighting
photo : Al Stirling, Creative Content Design

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.

East Atrium interior design:
Royal Liver Building Liverpool Offices: Lighting
image courtesy of CBRE

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.

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photograph © Adrian Welch

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.

Mezzanine refurbishment:
Royal Liver Building Liverpool Offices: Lighting
image courtesy of CBRE

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.

Royal Liver Building Liverpool Offices: Lighting
photo © Adrian Welch

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.’

Royal Liver Building; Cunard Building; Port of Liverpool Building:
Royal Liver Building Liverpool Offices: Lighting
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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.”

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