The Three Graces, Historic English Building, Architects, Photos, Architecture, Dates
The Three Graces Liverpool
Neoclassical Liverpool Buildings, England, UK – Historic Architecture Information
3 Mar 2018
Three Graces Renovation
The Cunard Building
Refurbishment and conversion of an historic, Grade II-listed building.
The Cunard is described as one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings. Built in 1917, the six-storey construction not only provided sanctuary as a Second World War air-raid shelter, its dockside location also made it an ideal site for ship building blueprints and luggage storage.
Following its conversion into high-end office blocks, a survey of the building revealed issues with the roof and basement.
At the top of the building, aged asphalt patches with varying level changes and multiple cases of cracking, slumping and blistering were identified.
Meanwhile, in the basement soffits, beams and columns located in its sub-basement began to show signs of deterioration. Carbonation and chloride levels in the concrete led to the reinforcement bars becoming exposed in areas, leading to surface cracking and spalling. Sika had the ideal solutions for both problems.
Designed Roof Systems Ltd was given the task of solving the roofing issues. They specified a 20-year Decothane system in light grey with red walkways.
Clan Contracting were instructed to carry out the basement’s concrete repair and began by removing the cracked and delaminated concrete and cleaning the areas in preparation for the application of Sika’s reinforcement system.
The top and bottom of the landmark Cunard building has been improved, leaving a well-protected, structurally-sound belowground floor and water-tight, visually-pleasing roof.
26 Nov 2008
The Three Graces
Night aerial photograph by webbaviation
26 Nov 2008
Royal Liver Building; Cunard Building; Port of Liverpool Building
Royal Liver Building, Pier Head
Design: W Aubrey Thomas, Architect
The middle building of the Three Graces
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Cunard Building – Website: www.cunard-building.co.uk
Three Graces neighbour : Pierhead – Museum of Liverpool, Mann Island site
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Context for The Three Graces:
George’s Pier Head is a riverside location in the city centre of Liverpool. It is part of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was inscribed in 2004. As well as a collection of landmark buildings, recreational open space, and a number of memorials, the Pier Head was (and for some traffic still is) the landing site for passenger ships travelling to and from the city.
The Three Graces context : White Star Line building
The site encompasses a trio of landmarks, built on the site of the former George’s Dock and referred to since at least 1998 as “The Three Graces”:
– Royal Liver Building, built between 1908 and 1911 and designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas. It is a grade I listed building consisting of two clock towers, both crowned by mythical Liver Birds. The building is the headquarters of the Royal Liver Friendly Society.
– Cunard Building, constructed 1914-16 and a grade II* listed building. It is the former headquarters of the Cunard Line shipping company.
– Port of Liverpool Building, built from 1903 to 1907 and also grade II* listed. It is the former home of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board.
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Pier Head Ferry Terminal
Ferry Terminal building works underway in front of The Three Graces – Mann Island
Location: Cunard Building, Liverpool, Merseyside, north west England, UK
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The Royal Liver Building
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The Royal Liver Building
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