Liverpool City Council to sell municipal buildings to generate savings

Liverpool City Council has approved plans to sell Grade II listed Municipal buildings as part of the local authority’s attempt to generate £90 million of savings over the next three years.

The building in question has been the authority’s home for over 150 years and will mean its 640 employees will move to other council sites.

However, the decision to sell it was due the building being ‘a very costly building to run and maintain’, with the authority ‘no longer having the staff numbers to justify retaining it’.

Staff will being moving out of the premises over the next few weeks and the building will be put up for a sale over a six-week period. It will cost around £1.7 million to relocated staff and refurbish other locations for them to move into, which will be funded from £1.2 million in council reserves and £0.5 million from the sale.

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration, added: "This is a listed building and I want to reassure people that it will be protected and we will ensure that its future use protects its unique architectural features."