The building

Landmark buildings on Liverpool's waterfront including the Museum of Liverpool

© Pete Carr|

The Museum of Liverpool is the largest newly-built national museum in the UK for over a hundred years. Beneath its stone cladding is a complex steel frame which allows large column-free spaces. This is perfect for creating flexible displays within the galleries.

Some construction facts:

  • The building footprint occupies an area 110 metres long by 60 metres wide and at its tallest point it is 26 metres high. That makes it longer than the pitches at either Anfield or Goodison Park, more than twice as wide as the Titanic, and as tall as five Liver Building Liver birds placed end to end.
  • The museum is powered using state-of-the-art renewable and energy efficient technologies. Its combined heat and power (CHP) system will reduce carbon emissions by 884 tonnes each year - equivalent to the environmental benefit of 88,400 trees.
  • The museum's frame is constructed with 2,100 tonnes of steel - equivalent to 270 double decker buses.
  • The 1,500 square metres of glazing offer striking views of the city, especially from the 8 metres high by 28 metres wide picture windows at each end of the building.
  • The museum is clad in 5,700 square metres of natural Jura stone, which if laid out flat would cover a football pitch.
  • 7,500 cubic metres of concrete and 20 tonnes of bolts have been used in the construction.
  • 20,000 cubic metres of soil - equivalent to eight Olympic swimming pools - have been excavated from the site.

National Museums Liverpool developed the design concept for the building with Danish architect 3XN. Manchester-based architect AEW were later commissioned to deliver the detailed design.

People watching film projected onto screen in museum's window

The museum's window became a cinema screen for the On the Waterfront events in September 2009 © Pete Carr|