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11 Fascinating Facts About The Royal Liver Building - From Its Local Designer To Breaking Records

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

Interesting Facts About The Icon For The Liverpool City Region - The Royal Liver Building

The Royal Liver Building in Liverpool City Centre was designed by local architect Walter Aubrey Thomas from the Birkenhead area of the Liverpool City Region (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).
The Royal Liver Building in Liverpool City Centre was designed by local architect Walter Aubrey Thomas from the Birkenhead area of the Liverpool City Region (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).

The Royal Liver Building is an iconic building renown around the world, so much so, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that confidently confirms the stature of the building and its surrounding area.


The Royal Liver Building itself is a symbol of the Liverpool City Region, and so too, is the Liver Bird. The symbol of the Liver Bird is used for seals and logos for a plethora of businesses in the Liverpool Bay Area.


The Liver Bird appears on the logos of the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, both of which serve the Liverpool Metropolitan Area and those that come to study here from afar.


The Royal Liverpool Golf Club and the Hoylake Sailing Club in the Liverpool Borough of Wirral also proudly use the Liver Bird badge. The Liver Bird also appears on the shirt crest for the global powerhouse, Liverpool Football Club. Not to mention it was also once the symbol for The Mersey Railway Company.


The Liver Birds mean a lot for the Liverpool City Region, and they are not just found atop of the RLB. They can be seen nestled in every corner of the city, in doorways, on the sides of buildings and on logos above shops.


The RLB is the icon of the Liverpool Bay Area, and it was designed by an extremely talented local architect, Walter Aubrey Thomas. The building has gained momentous feats since it was build over 100 years ago in 1911 - find out more below!

The Royal Liver Building itself is a symbol of the Liverpool City Region, and so too, is the Liver Bird (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).
The Royal Liver Building itself is a symbol of the Liverpool City Region, and so too, is the Liver Bird (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).

Here are some incredible facts about the magnificent building that is The Royal Liver Building:

  1. The RLB was the tallest building in the UK for 50 years after its completion, from 1911 to 1961.

  2. The Royal Liver Building has the largest clock faces in the UK, which means they are even bigger than of those on Big Ben in London. The clocks are named the Great George Liver Clocks and were set into motion when King George V was coronated on Thursday the 22nd of June 1911.

  3. The Royal Liver Building was designed by local Liverpudlian, Walter Aubrey Thomas, an architect from Birkenhead in the City's Borough of Wirral. He was based out of Dale Street in Liverpool City Centre and was renowned for designing countless Liverpudlian landmarks such as the Lord Street Arcade, New Zealand House in Water Street and Tower Building on The Strand.

  4. The Liver Building makes up one of The Three Graces on The Pier Head, alongside the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.

  5. The Royal Liver Building is the iconic symbol for the Liverpool City Region.

  6. The Liver Building was impressively the UK's first skyscraper.

  7. It was the tallest building in Europe for more than 20 years after completion, from 1911 to 1932.

  8. The RLB towers 12-storeys, earning it a height of 322 feet tall, or 98.1 metres high.

  9. It was constructed for the Royal Liver Assurance Company.

  10. The Royal Liver Building is a Grade I Listed Building, making it part of a collection of the UK's most prized buildings.

  11. The two Liver Birds that stand proudly on top of the building, named Bertie and Bella, are said to protect the City. With one looking inland to protect its people, and the other looking out towards the sea to protect its fortunes as well as keep its people out at sea safe. It is said if those two the Liver Birds fly off, the City will cease to exist.

The Royal Liver Building has the largest clocks in the UK, you can see one of its four clocks here, they are named the Great George Liver Clocks (Credit: The Liverpudlian).
The Royal Liver Building has the largest clocks in the UK, you can see one of its four clocks here, they are named the Great George Liver Clocks (Credit: The Liverpudlian).

Location:

The Royal Liver Building,

Canada Boulevard,

Pier Head,

Liverpool Waterfront,

Liverpool City Centre,

City of Liverpool, L3 1HU,

Liverpool City Region, UK.

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