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Report - Littlewoods Pools building, Liverpool, May17


albino-jay

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History

Art Deco style built in 1938 by Scottish Architect Gerald de Courcey Fraser, who also designed a number of department stores for Lewis’s and others. It is a listed building

Littlewoods ‘football pools’ was founded in 1923 by John Moores and based in this building on Edge Lane. The building has had various uses throughout its life. During World War II, it was used for the manufacture of barrage balloons and woollen material. At the outbreak of the war the building’s mighty printing presses were used to print 17 million National Registration forms in just three days. The floors of Halifax Bombers were assembled at the building, and it was also the nerve centre of MC5, the government agency that intercepted mail to break enemy codes. Bomb shelters in the basement areas still contain artwork and graffiti on the walls dating from the 1941 Wartime Blitz and ‘Battle of the Atlantic’, when parts of Liverpool, its rail yards and docklands suffered more bombs per square mile than even London’s East End. The building also continued to be used by Unity Pools during the war (formed from the three Liverpool ‘football pools’ companies of Littlewoods, Zetters and Vernons).

The ‘football pools’ or ‘pools’ for short, allowed people to bet on the results of football matches which were popular until the introduction of the National Lottery. The building housed the giant printing presses that sent millions of pools coupons across the country every week to players dreaming of winning a large prize for predicting the correct final results to matches.

In March 2013, a regeneration scheme for the site at Edge Lane was approved by Liverpool City Council. North West developers, Capital & Centric had put forward proposals for a new development which compromised a hotel, high tech offices and shops. This didn’t go ahead but in September 2015 a revised plan from Capital & Centric was approved which will see the conversion of the art deco building into a £25m new film studio.

The Explore

Always taken a liking to this building as a kid driving through Liverpool from Manchester it always caught my eye. Having seen it empty for years I always wanted to have a go but never had the chance due to either passing by whilst working or being out with the mrs. Anyway we were in the area checking out other derps so gave it a go. Easier than expected! Didnt manage to find the air raid shelter but we were pressed for time as the pub was calling for a mates 21st. Maybe another time eh.

Pics

We werent too sure whether secca was on site as everytime ive passed theres been vans and what not about so my pics are all shockingly handheld high iso noise but I thought theyd warrant a report as its not been put up for a while.

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A big camera

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Lavino

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Nice one lads respect on getting in there. This was sealed tight when I looked. It just shows persistence pays off :thumb
 

coolboyslim

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Really nice m8ty. And good talking to you. Some great shots you got there. Thx for posting
 

Bolts

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This was a top day, pictures turned out sick too. Still in love with that top room in the clocktower :gay
 

albino-jay

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This was a top day, pictures turned out sick too. Still in love with that top room in the clocktower :gay
Yeah was a top dayboit as always. Something about that room. Think its because its just a tall brick room with cast stairs straight to the roof. Epic!

Nice one lads respect on getting in there. This was sealed tight when I looked. It just shows persistence pays off :thumb
Cheers man, proper buzzing we got in. Like i said always fancied it. Lucky the first time i get chance to have a look we get in.

Really nice m8ty. And good talking to you. Some great shots you got there. Thx for posting
Cheers fella. Same to you mate hopefully get out sometime soon

Looks like nothing has changed since I was last in here a few years ago, looks like security are keeping the place in good order.

I'd persist with the search for the air raid shelter though, there is some fantastic artwork down there from the war time, which is slowly being washed away.
Yeah ive seen your report and it looks awesome. Gutted we didnt have time to find the entrance. Deffo worth a look next time im in the area
 

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