With 2008 marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Liver Building’s foundation stone being laid, the Royal Liver Group made the decision to undertake a major upgrade of the listed building’s interior to match the standards offered by Liverpool’s thriving commercial market.
Claremont was appointed following a competitive bid to modernise the building’s common areas over nine floors, as well as the refurbishment of tenant spaces on the 3rd, 4th and the 8th floors. The project commenced in July 2008, with a dedicated 20-strong Claremont project team based on-site for the duration of the works, responsible for undertaking and managing the project.
A key element of the Royal Liver Building refurbishment was the creation of a more effective entrance to the River Mersey frontage. The driving force behind the refurbishment was to create a vastly improved environment for existing tenants and their clients, attract potential corporate tenants and also create a formal entrance which would complement and enhance the building’s existing architecture.
The west entrance project involved the refurbishment of the main west entrance and reception area, which incorporated a new glazed entrance, a DDA accessible ramp and works to the car park. Working closely with the City of Liverpool’s Conservation officers, the existing interior was stripped back, the existing features were retained and made good, and new mechanical services, quality lighting, decoration, graphics and fittings were installed to create an elegant and timeless solution.
All of these elements were brought together to create a character, identity, focus and a sense of arrival appropriate to this iconic building, which relates to The Royal Liver Group, the Liver Building and the City of Liverpool.
A major phase of the works was the refurbishment of the building’s west entrance atrium, with the intention of creating a sense of arrival and focus which would complement the Royal Liver Building ethic and the refurbishment works already completed. Claremont was tasked with delivering a considered, flexible and cost-effective solution which would reveal existing features to their full potential, whilst accommodating future change.
Claremont’s new design of the atrium included the creation of a new mezzanine deck – an elegant, lightweight structure with perimeter walkways and staircases connecting the different levels. Making better use of the space in the building has provided a cost-effective way of increasing the overall lettable floor space of the building and allows for future change. The mezzanine deck also enabled natural light to flood into the atrium space.
I was delighted to have Claremont on board as the principal contractor for the refurbishment programme at Royal Liver Building. Claremont’s quality design, commitment and reliability coupled with their expertise and experience made them the ideal partner for Royal Liver to revitalise this iconic Grade I Listed Building.Peter Fane
Head of Property, Royal Liver Group