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New Zealand House Also known as The New Zealand High Commission

 

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  • New Zealand House is the tallest foreign embassy in London.
  • The project first surfaced in 1956 having been proposed to stand on the site of the bomb damaged Carlton Hotel, one of the most luxurious in London before World War 2.
  • The scheme was championed from an early stage by the government of New Zealand and was one of the first buildings in the whole of London to consist of a modernist glass tower atop a podium with glazed walls - it was even fully air conditioned, a rarity for a building. As such it was considered hugely futuristic for its day.
  • Nonetheless as one of the first tall modern buildings in London it was hugely controversial and had several floors lopped off the design following the intervention of the Ministry of Works and the Royal Fine Art Commission. They were primarily driven by worries the scheme would be visible from London's historic royal parks.
  • New Zealand House is considered one of the best modernist tower blocks in London today, and was one of the first to secure protected building status in 1995.

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Architect
RMJM
CCTV Supply and Install
High Definition CCTV LLP
Developer
New Zealand High Commission
Main Contractor
Holland, Hannen & Cubitts

Reference Data

Reference No.
2015
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
03-09-2012
 

Building Location

Address
Haymarket, London. SW1Y 4TQ
Council
Westminster
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1956
Construction start date
1960
Completion date
1963
Heritage Status
Grade II
Style
International

Roof Height (AGL)
68.60

Total Floors (O.G)
19

Market Data

Primary Use
Government
Secondary Use
Office


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