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Liverpool waterfront Royal Liver Building sold for £48m

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Image caption Along with the Cunard and Port of Liverpool Buildings, the Royal Liver Building is one of the Three Graces on the city's waterfront

Liverpool's iconic Royal Liver Building has been sold for £48m to Luxembourg-based real estate investment manager Corestate Capital Holding.

The office building had been owned by the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society but was put on the market for £40m in October.

The Grade I listed property has the two famous Liver Birds on its roof.

Along with the Cunard and Port of Liverpool Buildings, it is one of the Three Graces on the city's waterfront.

The 330,000 sq ft (31,000 sq m) building is currently home to companies including ITV and HSBC.

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Image caption The Grade I listed property is home to the two famous Liver Birds

Thomas Landschreiber, chief investment officer of Corestate, said the company is looking to "invest significant funds to maintain and strengthen this city-building office building in the long term".

"As a new owner of this emblematic building, we appreciate its heritage and its importance to the people of Liverpool," he added.


The Liver Bird

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  • A seal from 1352 depicts the symbol of Liverpool as a bird holding something in its beak
  • Over the years, it became the Liver Bird, an eagle mixed with elements of a shoveler, spoonbill and cormorant
  • The largest, best known Liver Birds stand at 18ft (5.5m) on top of the Royal Liver Building on Liverpool's waterfront
  • The bird also features on the city's logo, the badge of Liverpool FC and the crests of both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University

Source: Museum of Liverpool

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