THE Littlewoods building is not just an important feature of Liverpool’s history, but played a key role in world history.
After it was founded as the headquarters of the Moores’ pools empire in the 1938, the Second World War broke out the following year and it had to be converted to make parts for Halifax bombers.
The planes played a vital role in bringing Nazi Germany to its knees with their high-intensity bombing raids over Occupied Europe.
Once it returned to its short-lived pre-war use, it continued for decades, and towering above Edge Lane, it became a key milestone for people coming into the city.
But after its closure in 2003, its future was uncertain. While it is a fine example of 1930s art-deco architecture, its size meant subsequent schemes were found not to be viable.
In 2007 plans were hatched for a £60m Digital Village, linked to the Technology Park next door and containing apartments and a hotel, but the plans were quietly dropped soon after.