New plans will see Liver Birds and Royal Liver clock tower bathed in light

CBRE Liverpool’s National Building Consultancy team has submitted a planning application for a new lighting installation at Liverpool’s famous Royal Liver Building

Royal Liver Building
New lighting installation would illuminate the Royal Liver Building


A dynamic lighting scheme that would see clock tower at Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building bathed in multi-coloured light has been unveiled by property consultancy CBRE.

Acting on behalf of real estate investment manager Corestate Capital Group, CBRE Liverpool’s National Building Consultancy team has submitted a planning application as part of the phased renovations to implement a new visitor and occupier experience

It will feature an “elegant” external lighting scheme with a series of lighting features. The works are part of the next phase of the building’s repositioning masterplan developed and project managed by CBRE.  

Planning has been submitted to utilise the visually dominant clock tower to produce regular light shows. They will require the installation of sequential colour-changing, dynamic lighting that acts a narrative, honouring the history of the towers as a time piece and look-out.

Visible from across the city, the clock faces, the Liver Birds and the towering domes will be brought to life through light. By mounting luminaires within the tower itself, the inner faces of the building fabric will create a stunning visual backdrop.

Benefits of the new external lighting include preservation of the historical features of the building, the effective use of technology and the opportunity to enliven entrances and the building as a whole. Heritage significant luminaires will be retained and restored, while the lighting treatments will emphasise and define architectural features and form.

Simon Hepple, director for the National Building Consultancy team in Liverpool, said: “The proposed lighting experience will be one of the first of its kind in the UK, showcasing Liverpool’s innovative spirit and setting a new trend.

“It is hoped that the new lighting experience will connect the Royal Liver Building back to Liverpudlians and bring more visitors to the city and will serve as a gathering point, bringing a revival to the waterfront and further promoting the Royal Liver Building and Pier Head as a desirable destination.”

Arup have been appointed as the lighting designers following a selection process across Europe managed by CBRE for suitable heritage lighting consultants.

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