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Victoria Tower the Houses of Parliament

 

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  • Victoria Tower was the tallest non religious building in the world when completed in 1858.
  • The architect Sir Charles Barry was assisted by Augustus Pugin who produced most of the architectural designs and elevations for the project and also the interior design.
  • The Victoria Tower was originally planned to stand around 200 feet / 60 metres tall, but this kept increasing as the specifications for storage of the interior increased.
  • The Victoria Tower is named after Queen Victoria.
  • The tower has been designed as the main archive for the records of the British parliament which are laid out on 12 floors with an average of 8 rooms per floor.
  • All 12 floors of the building are linked together via one large wrought iron Victorian staircase of 553 steps.
  • The tower was originally fully restored from 1948-1963 and has been again from 2000-2004 with the latest air conditioning now installed to help preserve the records it contains.

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Architect
Sir Charles Barry
Consulting Engineer
Walker & Burgess
Developer
British Government
Main Contractor
Grissel & Peto

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Reference No.
195
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
09-08-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Palace of Westminster, Abiningdon Street, London. SW1
Council
Westminster
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1836
Construction start date
1840
Completion date
1858
Renovation Date
2004
Heritage Status
World Heritage Site
Style
Gothic Revival

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
120.80
Pinnacle Type
Flagpole
Roof Height (AGL)
98.50

Total Floors (O.G)
14

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Primary Use
Government


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