St John’s Beacon, Liverpool

St John’s Beacon in Liverpool is an iconic part of city’s skyline. It might not be the most attractive building, but it is certainly an interesting one.

Today, the 335ft high tower is home to Radio City 96.7. It was initially built in the 1960s as a ventilation shaft for St John’s Market, and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

There was a revolving restaurant, with an upper observation deck over Liverpool, which had to be closed in the 1970s following a fire in St John’s shopping centre below.

It was derelict for years and considered to be an eyesore until a £5 million refurbishment began in 1999 with it re-opening as a radio tower in 2000.

The building can be spotted from many different viewpoints. But the frame from St John’s Gardens – part of the William Brown Street conservation area in the city centre – is particularly pleasing on the eye.