SJ3390 : New Hall Place, Old Hall Street, Liverpool

taken 8 years ago, near to Seacombe, Wirral, Great Britain

New Hall Place, Old Hall Street, Liverpool
New Hall Place, Old Hall Street, Liverpool
What a curious building. It resembles a giant's sandcastle, or a cubist interpretation of a pyramid. Its slit windows add to its redoubtable appearance, but, as Pevsner remarks, "from a distance ... its rugged bulk and distinctive silhouette contribute greatly to the skyline". Built as major offices for a large insurance company, Royal & Sun Alliance, it has been described as a Brutalist equivalent of the Royal Liver Building. The cladding is ribbed yellow-brown concrete (SJ3390 : Detail of New Hall Place, Old Hall Street, Liverpool). Built 1972-76 to the designs of Tripe & Wakeham [insert your own anti-modern-architecture joke here].
The tower behind, at 459 feet, is Liverpool's tallest building, West Tower (2005-07, by Aedas).
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 26 July, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 11 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 3388 9061 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.4886N 2:59.7659W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 3386 9047
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