17 June 2003
Designed by W Aubrey Thomas, the Royal Liver Building was built for the Royal Liver Assurance company and opened in 1911. It continues to serve as the company's head office today. The construction is of steel frames and reinforced concrete, so is a forerunner of the modern skyscraper. The clock-faces are 7.6 metres in diameter - larger than those of "Big Ben" in London! On top of each clock tower sits a copper statue of a Liver bird - the symbol of Liverpool. It is said that if the birds ever fly away, the city will cease to exist!