View of Royal Liver Building from the top of Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre
The Royal Liver Building is formerly the tallest building in Europe (excluding cathedrals and parliaments). It was also the first reinforced concrete building built in the United Kingdom, a modern skyscraper in effect.
The clock faces of the tower are the largest in the U.K. The heads of the Royal Liver Society even used one as a grand dining table before it was installed.
Cladding the exterior is Norwegian Granite, some 25,000 tonnes of material in total.
The building is so large, not because the Royal Liver Society required large amounts of space, but because they intended for the building to operate as an investment. To this day they only occupy two floors with the rest profitably rented out to commercial organisations.