The building is up for sale with a £90m price tag. Credit: via SpacePR

Plans lodged for gym at Royal Liver Building 

A basement gym at the grade one-listed Liverpool building is the next phase of an ongoing project by owner Corestate to modernise the amenity offer ahead of a proposed £90m sale. 

The project would see part of a former cafeteria on the lower ground floor transformed into an “industrial” style gym, according to planning documents. 

In 2020, three years after Corestate acquired the Royal Liver Building for £48m from Royal London, Liverpool City Council approved plans to deliver various interventions on the building’s ground and lower floors. 

These included the creation of a gym, swimming pool and barbershop. 

However, since the pandemic the plans have been “slimmed down” after the gym operator lined up to run the facility pulled out, according to planning documents. 

The gym remains in the updated iteration of the scheme but the barber’s and swimming pool do not form part of the current proposal. 

A design and access statement prepared by 2M2 Studio said the revised plans would “still rejuvenate an underutilised canteen area and provide significant additional amenity to the building and wider area”. 

The gym, which will also feature a juice bar, will be available for use by people who work at the Royal Liver Building and the general public. 

CBRE is advising Corestate on the project and on the sale of the building.

Other recent improvements to the building commissioned by Corestate include the transformation of the east atrium from a private, tenanted space into a coffee shop, bar and collaborative workspace.

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The worlds first skyscraper; the skyscraper that influenced New York now with it’s own gym. I can’t think of a more prestigious place to get my squats in.

By Liverpool romance

There were skyscrapers in Tuscany way before the Liver building.

By Elephant

If you call the watchtowers and spires of Tuscany “skyscrapers”, as opposed to buildings for people to live and work in, I’m sure there are examples that predate those.

But why does anything good about Liverpool and its history have to be pocked with denigration?

By Jeff

Well said Jeff

By Paul M

I’m sure Oriel Chambers was the first Sky Scraper in the world, not RLB!

By J

@J Oriel Chambers, along with 16 Cook Street, were the first commercial buildings using steel frames and curtain walling and therefore gave birth to skyscrapers, but, looking at their height, I don’t think anyone would actually describe them as such. The Liver Building was, for 58 years, the tallest office building in Europe, however…

By Sceptical

Lots of firsts in Liverpool ands wont be lasts

By Anonymous

At last ! Something to cheer about. I knew our day would come!

By Aigburther

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