Prudential Assurance Building, Liverpool

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Prudential Assurance Building
Prudential Building, Dale Street 2018.jpg
Prudential Assurance Building
General information
Architectural style Victorian, Gothic revival
Town or city Dale Street, Liverpool
Country  England
Coordinates 53°24′28″N 2°59′19″W / 53.4078°N 2.9887°W / 53.4078; -2.9887Coordinates: 53°24′28″N 2°59′19″W / 53.4078°N 2.9887°W / 53.4078; -2.9887
Construction started 1885
Completed 1886
Client Prudential Assurance
Design and construction
Architect Alfred Waterhouse

The Prudential Assurance Building is a Grade II listed, Victorian Gothic revival style office building located on Dale Street in the centre of Liverpool, England.

It was designed by local architect Alfred Waterhouse (also noted for the Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall) and was constructed in 1885-6.[1] The building was commissioned by the country's leading insurance provider Prudential as its new regional offices in Liverpool. It was part of a series of buildings commissioned by the Prudential from Waterhouse, notably the firm's large headquarters in London, now known as Holborn Bars. Like the other Prudential commissions, the building is noted for its use of red architectural terracotta and brick.[2] It has a tower which was added to the building by the architect's son Paul Waterhouse in 1905.[3] Gold lettering above the first floor windows near the corner read Prudential Assurance Buildings, and Roman numerals at the same level on the corner bay commemorate the date of completion, 1886.

Statue of the virtue of Prudence above the main entrance

Alongside the likes of Liverpool Town Hall, Bank of England Building, India Buildings, White Star Building and the Tower Buildings. The Prudential Assurance Building is amongst the most architecturally important buildings in the commercial district which is one of the six areas that constitute Liverpool's status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is currently used by Her Majesty's Courts ant Tribunal Service (Social Security and Child Support Tribunal).

See also

References

  1. ^ "Prudential Assurance Building". Historic England Listing. Historic England. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  2. ^ The Edinburgh building is an exception in using sandstone.
  3. ^ "Buildings of Dale Street". Liverpool World Heritage. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
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