Interiors photography is really story telling and that story is what it would be like to visit the place shown in the photographs. The Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool is a fascinating place to visit and an amazing place to work from. I’ve been fortunate to do interiors photography of the offices and co-working spaces of Clockwise Liverpool numerous times over the past three years.
Watching the Edward Pavilion at Royal Albert Dock develop from a refurbished shell of a building to a fully occupied, state of the art, contemporary office facility has been an amazing experience. For all its modern conveniences and facilities, including the fastest broadband I’ve yet seen, it’s an historic location which has been central to the growth of Liverpool as a major seaport and the UK as an empire which covered half the world at its peak in the early 20th century.
Nearly forty years ago I worked in Liverpool in my late teens and early twenties, and I often wandered around the old, abandoned and derelict Albert Dock in lunch breaks and the occasional skive. Somewhere I have a box of slides that I took. They show scenes of dereliction and decay. It was a sad place and you could feel the ghosts of times gone by in the walls and the brickwork of the old place. The dock in the middle was silted up and full of debris. I know I have them somewhere but I haven’t found them yet.
Not long after, in the mid 1980’s, plans were made to bring the grade 1 listed Albert Dock back to life. Today it attracts six million visitors a year from all over the world and is the centre of a vibrant, rejuvenated Liverpool waterfront providing space for people to work, relax and socialise.
These photos show the new interiors of the Clockwise offices, co-working spaces and reception area with its view of the dock. The interior design is outstanding and in keeping with the style of the original building.