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CBRE and Arup help Royal Liver Building Remembrance Day tribute with light display

10 November 2019 | By Andrew Pring

Liverpool’s most recognisable building, the Royal Liver Building, will pay tribute to the Armed Forces, veterans and allies through a specially commissioned commemorative light display, thanks to support from CBRE and Arup.

The Remembrance Day display at the 108-year-old building will be a tailored light show that will illuminate the exterior of Liverpool’s globally recognised landmark. It will allow people to pay their respects every hour between 6pm and 9pm on Sunday 10 and Monday 11 November. 

The display has been organised by real estate consultancy CBRE and designed by engineering and consultant Arup. Prior to creating the display, Arup’s lighting design team brainstormed what Remembrance Day meant to them. The team then used these ideas to develop a series of scenes depicted with light during the five-minute tribute.

Starting with the poppies in Flanders Fields and honouring the graves, recognising the Armed Forces and then the sun setting on the day, the display will be a memorable and fitting tribute to past and present armed forces.

Lauren Blow, senior lighting designer at Arup, said: “The Remembrance Day light display is a tribute to all those who have lost their lives in the line of duty and is designed to be calm and respectful, with slower fades and transitions of light. It extends the Remembrance Day tributes into the evening, using the fabric of the Royal Liver Building as a canvas – a building which was once connected to the war efforts, having housed HMS Eaglet.”

Ian Edwards, senior building manager at the Royal Liver Building, added: “There is a deep-rooted connection between the Royal Liver Building’s history and Remembrance Day. Many previous Royal Liver employees, who worked for the company for many years, return to the Royal Liver Building each year to host a small ceremony to honour previous workers who lost their lives during the wars. We are proud to offer people a place to pay their respects to loved ones.”