New Hall Place

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New Hall Place
Royal Sun Alliance Building - geograph.org.uk - 72617.jpg
General information
Type Office
Location Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°24′31″N 2°59′45″W / 53.40862°N 2.99571°W / 53.40862; -2.99571Coordinates: 53°24′31″N 2°59′45″W / 53.40862°N 2.99571°W / 53.40862; -2.99571
Completed 1974
Height
Roof 73 metres (240 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 13

New Hall Place (also known as The Capital and the Royal & SunAlliance Building) is a 13-storey brutalist style office complex in the commercial district of Liverpool, England.

History[edit]

It was developed by Royal Insurance as their head office building. As well as office space the building comprised a staff car park in the underground floors, a garage for the company chauffeur driven cars and staff facilities on the first floor including staff restaurant, sports hall, gymnasium and subsidised bar.

Following the 1990s merger with SunAlliance to form Royal and Sun Alliance, numerous job losses followed largely through outsourcing and off shoring deals. Royal & SunAlliance staff numbers based in the building reduced from over 3000 to around 1200. In 2006 RSA sold the building to Downing and leased back the parts of the building still used by RSA. This allowed other tenants to move in such as the UK Border Agency. Downing renamed the building from New Hall Place to The Capital.

Design[edit]

The design of New Hall Place is described as a brutalist response to the nearby Royal Liver Building in terms of massing and height.[1] New Hall Place is situated on Old Hall Street (one of Liverpool's main commercial and financial areas) and the lower three floors serve as The Capital Car Park — a 1,100 capacity secure guarded car park.[2] One of two Liverpool exits from the Queensway Tunnel is located directly beneath New Hall Place (the other is next to the World Museum Liverpool).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ . Skyscrapernews http://www.skyscrapernews.com/buildings.php?id=443. Retrieved 23 February 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Capital Car Park