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Le Meridien Palace Hotel Also known as Refuge Assurance Building

 

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  • Le Meridien Palace Hotel was originally built as the corporate headquarters for the Refuge Insurance Company eschewing the dominant Gothic Revival style of the day for an extravagant Baroque look complete with red brick and terracotta materials.
  • Alfred Waterhouse had designed the building so that almost the entirety of the ground floor was one big open banking hall, a Victorian equivalent of today's banking trading floors.
  • Rising directly above the Portland Stone arch, splitting the Oxford Road elevation into two in the process is a monumental clock tower 66 metres tall that is a later edition added to Alfred Waterhouse's design by his son Paul.
  • Once upon a time this display the neon lighting of the Refuge Insurance Company but these days reads Palace.

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Architect
Alfred Waterhouse
Paul Waterhouse
Developer
Refuge Assurance Company

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Reference No.
234
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
27-10-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Oxford Road, Manchester. M60
Council
Manchester City Council
County
Greater Manchester
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1891
Completion date
1912
Heritage Status
Grade II*
Style
Baroque

Roof Height (AGL)
66.20

Total Floors (O.G)
6

Market Data

Primary Use
Clock Tower
Secondary Use
Hotel


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