Royal Liver Building light show will give landmark a ‘new lease of life’

Owners of the 108-year-old waterfront Grade I-listed building have been installing new lighting around the building designed to coincide with Liverpool’s River of Light festival

Royal Liver Building
New lights being tested at the Royal Liver Building. Picture by Tony McDonough

 

Operators of the popular new tour of Liverpool’s historic Royal Liver Building says plans to illuminate it with more than 450 individual lights will give it a “new lease of life”.

Owners of the 108-year-old waterfront Grade I-listed building have been installing new lighting around the building designed to coincide with Liverpool’s River of Light festival at the beginning of November. And they say the lights will be used throughout the year.

Now Heritage Great Britain, operators of RLB360, a tour of the building and famous clock tower that has welcomed more than 32,000 visitors since its launch in the spring, say they can’t wait for the new innovation.

The opening of RLB30 marked the start of a new phase of major investment into the Royal Liver Building, which is being repositioned as destination for both work and leisure with a host of new amenities planned including new office space, a coffee shop, bar and gym. 

The next phase of development, led by real estate consultancy practise CBRE, will be marked with a unique lighting experience to coincide with Liverpool’s River of Light festival which runs from November 1 to 9. The lights have been undergoing tests in the last few days, a nice surprise for visitors to the Pier Head.

A special digital showcase, known as ‘Flight’, will see the Royal Liver Building illuminated in a five minute light show every 30 minutes. It will be accompanied by a new soundtrack composed by local artists Sam Crombie.

The light show, which has been designed by Arup and supported by Heritage Great Britain, will thereafter become a permanent feature of the the city’s culture calendar as the building will have bespoke displays for special occasions. 

Chris Devaney, operations manager for RLB360, said: “We know from the huge numbers of visitors we’ve had to RLB360 that people form all over the world love the Royal Liver Building. The new light show will add to this affection and give this magnificent building a new lease of life. It will strengthen its presence as a landmark building.”

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