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Pier Head

Painting of the Pier Head

The focal point of the waterfront is the trio of buildings at the Pier Head - the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.

Collectively, they are the instantly recognisable image of Liverpool, particularly The Royal Liver Building with the two copper Liver birds perched on top of the towers. 

Together with the open space of the Pier Head, they comprise one of the most impressive waterfronts in the world. 

The three buildings are set in the context of great warehouses to the north and south, the intensity of commercial buildings to the east and the two cathedrals beyond on the skyline. 

Their plots were created at the beginning of the 20th century to improve the river frontage and access to it. Each building stands on a separate plot, and is expressed in a different architectural style, rich in symbolic ornamentation. Together they combine impressively to form a group of outstanding presence.