Levitt Bernstein Associates - Education


Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool


The Victoria Building is a Grade II Listed Building designed by Alfred Waterhouse for the University and completed in 1892. The clock tower is a local landmark and the building is well known throughout the city.

The project provides a fully accessible building, and a new home for the University’s art and heritage collections, a base for the Educational Opportunities Department, and a venue for events and lectures.

Significant new architectural interventions include a new passenger lift within the existing clock tower and a service lift on the rear (quadrant) elevation.

The aims of the project are:

  • Create a unique visitor attraction for Liverpool and the region.
  • Provide an expanded art gallery operated to the highest standards and give full public access to the University's collections.
  • Overcome perceived barriers between the University and the community, and encourage greater involvement by demonstrating the work of the University through activities linked to displays.
  • Lay the foundations for the provision of full access to the University's heritage collections.
  • Provide a clear focus point on campus, and a public interface between University and Town.
  • Upgrade and refurbish the Leggate Theatre lecture hall.

At a glance

Client: University of Liverpool

Construction Value £6.4m

Completion: 2008