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Norwest House

A Grade II Listed Building in City of Westminster, Westminster

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Latitude: 51.4955 / 51°29'43"N

Longitude: -0.1259 / 0°7'33"W

OS Eastings: 530194

OS Northings: 179057

OS Grid: TQ301790

Mapcode National: GBR HL.W2

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.RNTY

Entry Name: Norwest House

Listing Date: 16 January 1981

Last Amended: 1 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1222795

English Heritage Legacy ID: 418228

Location: Westminster, London, SW1P

County: Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: St James's

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Stephen Rochester Row

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

101/83; 106/1
Norwest House
(formerly listed as
16.1.81 Imperial Chemical House)


Office block. 1928 by Sir F. Banes as part of a uniform composition with
Thames House q.v. flanking Horseferry Road approach to Lambeth Bridge.
Sculpted figures by Jagger. Portland stone and granite on steel frame, leaded roofs.
Monumental corner block in Lutyens-Baker Classical manner, with giant order colonnade
dressing the "top hamper" below steeply hopped roof. 5 storeys with
4-storey attic. Symmetrical, 27-window wide front to Millbank; 7 windows
wide splayed corner and 5-window return to Horseferry Road. Granite faced
ground floor with 3 doorways to Millbank and one to centre of corner splay,
the main entrance to centre of Millbank front reaching up into 1st floor
with coffered-soffit archivolt arch in architrave surround rising to
entablature and cornice; the doors are plated and panelled in nickel-copper
alloy with naturalistic motifs, by W.B. Fagan. Recessed glazing bar metal
casements, under flat voussoired arches with keystones, distributed
regularly across ground floor and rusticated 1st to 4th floors. Giant
niches through 3rd and 4th floors framing arched windows surmounted by
peacocks with lunette light above, 5 to Millbank and one each to centre of
other 2 elevations. Giant quoin pilasters and entablature above 4th floor
with balustraded parapet; statues over corner dies. The "top hamper" of 4
storeys has giant order colonnade to principal 6th and 7th floors, between
giant engaged order end pavilions each of one large window, and central 3
bay pavilion with projecting attic to Millbank. Entablature over 7th floor
and slightly recessed topmost attic storey.

Listing NGR: TQ3019479057

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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