Bidding starts for Liverpool’s Municipal Buildings

A dozen developers have expressed interest in buying the historic Municipal Buildings from Liverpool City Council, following approval of plans to sell the civic landmark and vacate staff by next summer.

The council’s cabinet voted to offload the asset as part of a cost-cutting plan. Staff will be relocated by next June for the buyer to take vacant possession in July.

A spokesman for the council said a dozen expressions of interest had been received from a range of local and national developers.

A six-week marketing period began yesterday to try and find a buyer. The outcome will be reported to cabinet in due course.

The 1860s listed building totals 130,000 sq ft and is expected to attract hotel and residential developers.

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I think this is about more than ‘offloading’.. The Municipal Annexe next door is now a Doubleday by Hilton… They should be able to pull off something better still for the Municipal with its grand clock tower and development site behind. Will be rocket fuel to Dale Street’s visitor economy.. They should aim for the same sort of quality going into India Buildings.
Of course the Georgian Town hall is separate, and then there’s St. Georges Hall. Plenty of grand civic buildings left.

By Alfie

Ah yes they will be selling them next. Rumour is that municipal will be a Travelodge – if so this is travesty! So St Georges hall will probably be a wetherspoons soon, and Town Hall a Sainsbury local or something! Shocking.

Do you think Liverpool City Council will refurb it before they sell it? They seem to do that with most buildings they vacate or sell on! Constantly wasting money.
But yes agree it could be something fantastic for Dale Street – lets hope it is for such a beautiful building.

By Bob Dawson

Soon there will be no more family silver to sell for Liverpool city Council. Not sure what they will do then. Sold New Heys school to Redrow, sold Watergate Lane school to Redrow. Sefton Meadows – to Redrow? Built 2 brand new empty schools (Parkfields and Esla) still paying for a PFI contract for Parklands for next 20 years. Refurbed a number of offices then sold them (not with the value realised as the buildings weren’t for offices one became a hotel) Cunard building debacle. And these are what we know about. Please can someone at LCC stop throwing money away. Lets hope they get what its worth for the beloved Municipal buildings and sell it to someone that is going to realise the building’s potential for this grand and beautiful city landmark!

By Mary Smiley