I've posted these photos on other sites, but thought they might be of interest here.
The Royal Insurance Company was established in Liverpool in 1845. Designed by J Francis Doyle, the Royal Insurance building in Liverpool was built between 1897 and 1903. It is thought that this structure might be the first example of a steel framed building built in Britain. The building is Grade II listed, and currently stands empty and disused.
Proposals to turn the building into a hotel were put forward several years ago, and although as yet un-sold, the property has planning permission for this.
The most recent leaseholder didn't do much with the building, and it's been empty for as long as I can remember. In June I managed to get in through an unlocked door and went back six more times, mainly for the rooftop views. It's an interesting building, as is the basement (pictures of which I put in the underground Liverpool thread) which housed a WW2 air-raid shelter.