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Holborn Bars Also known as Prudential Insurance Building

 

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  • Holborn Bars was built as the headquarters for the Prudential Assurance Company as their headquarters.
  • Work started on the building in 1878 and Prudential moved in the following year, however due to the growth of the company Holborn Bars was constantly expanded by Waterhouse, and later his son Paul with a fully equipped complex of facilities that included a chapel, restaurant and a hall for company plays.
  • Also designed into the original building were separate entrances for women to preserve their modesty, plus their own exclusive facilities such as a library and roof promenade. Both sexes could enjoy the latest Victorian technology such as electric lighting, and centrally plumbed hot running water - a novelty for the time.
  • By the 1930s the Victorian Gothic building was increasingly dated, both inside and out. E.M Joseph was brought in as the architect for this renovation and remodeled the exterior with the terracotta that one can see today. Numerous Gothic Revival interiors were stripped out and replaced by Art-Deco furnishings making it more fashionable again.
  • Holborn Bars was renovated again, this time in 1993 by EPR Architects whose overhaul of the building led to an increase of internal space from 34,931 square metres to 39,948 square metres. Although not occupied by the Prudential today (they left in 1999), they retain ownership of it over one hundred years on.

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Architect
Alfred Waterhouse
Paul Waterhouse
Developer
Prudential Assurance Company
Main Contractor
Holland, Hannen & Cubitts
Renovation Architect
E.M Joseph
EPR Architects

Reference Data

Reference No.
6137
First Uploaded
16-07-2009
Last Editorial Date
31-03-2015
 

Building Location

Address
138-142 Holborn, London. EC1 2NQ
Council
Camden
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1876
Construction start date
1878
Completion date
1902
Renovation Date
1993
Heritage Status
Grade II*
Style
Gothic Revival

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
44.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
35.00

Total Floors (O.G)
6

Market Data

Primary Use
Office

Floorspace (sq m)
39,948.00

Metres > Feet