New £1m safe deposit vault in Royal Liver Building offers high tech protection for valuables

New facility in the basement of the waterfront building includes surveillance technology such as seismic shock sensors, round-the-clock monitoring and biometric identification technology

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New high-tec safety deposit box facility at the Royal Liver Building


Liverpool’s first safe deposit box facility has opened at the Royal Liver Building.

A £1m investment has transformed the 1,500 sq ft basement in to a purpose built vault which includes surveillance technology such as seismic shock sensors, round-the-clock monitoring and biometric identification technology.

When the Royal Liver Building was built, a vault was constructed in the basement as an integral part of its security.

Liverpool Vaults offers 1,000 safe deposit lockers, protected by cutting edge security and sophisticated technology, which surpasses the standards set by banks.

The facility allows private individuals and businesses to safeguard their most valued possessions in a secure vault. It is run by parent company Merrion Vaults, Europe’s largest independently owned safe deposit company.

Established in 2013, the company was founded by entrepreneurs Séamus Fahy and David Walsh after they identified strong demand for the service.

Since opening its first vault in Dublin, Merrion Vaults has expanded across England and Scotland. The Liverpool opening marks the latest step in the expansion plans for the firm, with vaults already up and running in Glasgow, Newcastle and Dublin.

Mr Fahy said: “This is our first facility in the North West and the response has been excellent, with enquiries from both businesses and private individuals.

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Liverpool Vault founders Seamus Fahy and David Walsh at the Royal Liver Building facility


Our goal from the beginning was to create a world-class independent safe deposit box facility. Liverpool Vaults gives clients complete discretion, unparalleled security and absolute piece of mind.”

The company has spent more than £1m on the fit-out, creating a high-tech vault that now employs 10 people. This is expected to increase to 15 over the next six months.

Access to the high security vault will be granted through a navigation of personal identification, biometric scanner, customer code and digital photo recognition. It will be manned on-site by highly trained security professionals in conjunction with an outside security company, ensuring round the clock 24-hour security protection.

Clients can visit the vault 7 days a week, with unlimited free access. The facility offers various box sizes to suit all client requirements, with rental from less than £3 per week.

Hitchcock Wright & Partners acted on behalf of Merrion Vaults.

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