Prudential Assurance Building, Liverpool

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Prudential Assurance Building
Prudential Assurance Liverpool.jpg
Prudential Assurance Building
General information
Architectural style Victorian, Gothic revival
Town or city Dale Street, Liverpool
Country  England
Coordinates 53°24′28″N 2°59′19″W / 53.4078°N 2.9887°W / 53.4078; -2.9887Coordinates: 53°24′28″N 2°59′19″W / 53.4078°N 2.9887°W / 53.4078; -2.9887
Construction started 1855
Completed 1856
Client Prudential Assurance
Design and construction
Architect Alfred Waterhouse

The Prudential Assurance Building is a Grade II listed, Victorian Gothic revival style office building located on Dale Street in the centre of Liverpool, England.

Close up detail of the building from ground level

It was designed by local architect Alfred Waterhouse (also noted for the Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall) and was constructed in under a year in the mid-19th century.[1] The building was commissioned by the country's leading insurance provider Prudential as its new regional offices in Liverpool.[1] It was part of a series of buildings commissioned by the Prudential from Waterhouse including the firm's headquarters in Holborn, London. Like the other Prudential commissions, the building is noted for its use of red architectural terracotta and brick.[2] It has a tower which was added to the building by the architect's son Paul Waterhouse in 1905.[3] Exterior tiles between the first and second floor of the building read Prudential Assurance Buildings, the pluralism of this is somewhat inaccurate as it is in fact only one building.

Alongside the likes of Liverpool Town Hall, Bank of England Building, India Buildings, White Star Building and the Tower Buildings. The Prudential Assurance Building is amongst the most architecturally important buildings in the commercial district which is one of the six areas that constitute Liverpool's status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  1. ^ a b "Prudential Assurance Building". The Liverpool Architectural Society. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  2. ^ The Edinburgh building is an exception in using sandstone.
  3. ^ "Buildings of Dale Street". Liverpool World Heritage. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-30.