Transformation for India Buildings, Liverpool

The Grade II-listed property – India Buildings – at the heart of Liverpool is undergoing a 269,000 sq. ft. refurbishment to become the Merseyside base for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

TFT Consultants and Turner & Townsend, have appointed us to provide Clerks of Works services to oversee the quality of the construction works, especially around the historic finishes and M&E elements of the building.

The premises, owned by Legal & General, is undergoing comprehensive refurbishment works of the basement, ground and eight upper floors to offices, in addition to some of the historic arcades and retail spaces.

Leading office fit out and refurbishment specialist, Overbury has recently been appointed to continue restoration works, which include complex remedial work, façade repairs and cleaning, as well as renewal of all office ceilings, building services replacement, ornate window replacements, new roofs and roof lights. There will also be five new lifts installed into the building, along with the refurbishment of eight existing lifts, providing modern, Grade A office space.

The 12-storey buildings, occupying the whole block on Water Street, will become the base for several thousand tax office staff, who are being transferred from:

  • Graeme House, Regian House and Imperial Court in Liverpool city centre
  • Litherland House, The Triad and St John’s House in Bootle
  • Mersey Bank House in Warrington; and
  • Plas Gororau in Wrexham.

“We are delighted to be providing Quality Site Inspection services for this high-profile project. The building has been at the centre of Liverpool since 1932 and has preserved many of its original features and façades, despite incurring damage during the Second World War. It is an iconic building for the city and the refurbishments will ensure it is maintained for years to come”.

Chairman, Tony Mobbs

The buildings were originally built between 1924-32 by Dove Brothers of Islington. Thornley and Rowse Dove’s building replaced an earlier ‘India Building’, which was constructed in the 1830’s for the merchant, George Holt (Alfred Holt’s father, who owned shipping company Blue Funnel Line).

We are an award-winning and leading national Quality Site Inspection consultancy providing local Site Inspectors (Clerks of Works) to your construction projects. For the last twenty-nine years, we have worked with a diverse client portfolio spanning across all the UK.

To speak to us about quality in construction, please contact us on 01226 743959 or visit

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