Municipal Buildings, Liverpool

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Municipal Buildings
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Municipal Buildings, Dale Street
Location Dale Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
OS grid reference SJ 3490
Built 1860-1866
Architectural style(s) Italian and French Renaissance
Governing body Historic England
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 12 July 1966
Reference no. 1068281

Municipal Buildings is a Grade II* listed building on Dale Street, Liverpool, England.

History

The building was built by the town council to accommodate the growing number of administrative staff. Work was started in 1860 by Liverpool Corporation surveyor John Weightman, and finished by E.R. Robson in 1866. The building was put up for sale by the council in 2016 as it was deemed "surplus to requirements" and too expensive to run and maintain.[1] The sale of the building to a Singapore-based property developer Fragrance Group was announced in January 2016. The property developers plan to turn the building into a 4 star hotel.[2] The remaining 640 council staff currently working in the building were moved to other offices within the city ahead of the sale.[3] Planning application was formally put forward for approval in July 2018 to convert the buildings into a luxury four-star hotel. The plans include an extension to the back of the building as well as the restoration of some of the original features of the building.[4]

Architecture

The building has three storeys and is built of stone with a lead roof. The design of the building was influenced by both Italian and French Renaissance. Around the balcony are sixteen sandstone figures representing the arts, sciences and industries of Liverpool. In the centre of the building is the tower, with its balconies, clocks and five bells. The four quarter bells are hung for English-style Change Ringing. A two-stage pyramidal spire is situated on the top the tower.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Liverpool City Council to sell Grade II* listed Municipal Buildings". BBC News. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ Houghton, Alistair (26 January 2017). "Municipal Buildings SOLD to Singapore firm". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  3. ^ Houghton, Alistair (31 December 2016). "Remembering Liverpool's Municipal Buildings". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  4. ^ Houghton, Alistair (1 July 2018). "Here's what new hotel in Liverpool city centre landmark could look like". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 5 July 2018.

External links

Coordinates: 53°24′31″N 2°59′10″W / 53.4085°N 2.9862°W / 53.4085; -2.9862


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