£2.2m facelift for Liverpool’s century-old Tower Building

Grade II-listed block was designed by local architect Walter Aubrey Thomas, who also designed the Royal Liver Building and was built in 1908, and CBRE has now overseen an external refurbishment

Tower Building
Liverpool’s Tower Building on the Strand was built in 1908


Built more than 100 years ago Tower Building is one of the most impressive buildings on the Strand, just behind Liverpool’s waterfront.

Now the Grade II-listed block, converted more than a decade ago from just office accommodation into a mix of apartments and commercial space, has now undergone an external refurbishment.

Acting on behalf of RBH Properties, The Building Consultancy team at CBRE in Liverpool has completed a £2.2m restoration project of the external elevations of Tower Building, which is located on the corner with Water Street.

Built in 1908, it was designed by local architect Walter Aubrey Thomas, who also designed four notable buildings in Liverpool, including the neighbouring Royal Liver Building.  

It was originally built as a seven-storey office block, but was converted in 2006 into 73 apartments, with the three lower floors retained for commercial and retail use. Last year RBH converted the first and second floors into apartments.

The restoration project, led by Simon Hepple, director supported by specialist conservation building surveyor, Dylan Evans for the building consultancy team, took 22 months to complete with all residents remaining in-situ.

Works to the building included sympathetic replacement of irreparable faience cladding, faience repairs, re-pointing, specialist timber sash window repairs and replacement of roof coverings across 14 individual roofs.

Mr Hepple said: “The project proved challenging at times as materials such as faience were difficult to source and lengthy to manufacture. In addition, we worked hard to ensure all residents could remain in-situ while the works were being carried out.”

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