Municipal Buildings, Liverpool
Municipal Buildings, Dale Street
|Location||Dale Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England|
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|Architectural style(s)||Italian and French Renaissance|
|Governing body||Historic England|
|Designated||12 July 1966|
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. The sale of the building to a Singapore-based property developer was announced in January 2016. The property developers plan to turn the building into a 4 star hotel. The remaining 640 council staff currently working in the building are due to be moved to other offices within the city ahead of the sale.
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 atop the tower.
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- Houghton, Alistair (26 January 2017). "Municipal Buildings SOLD to Singapore firm". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
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- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1068281)". National Heritage List for England.
- Historic England. "Grade II* (213999)". Images of England.
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