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Thames House (North and South Blocks with Bridge Link)

A Grade II Listed Building in City of Westminster, London

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Latitude: 51.494 / 51°29'38"N

Longitude: -0.1257 / 0°7'32"W

OS Eastings: 530209

OS Northings: 178888

OS Grid: TQ302788

Mapcode National: GBR HL.XM

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.RQW3

Plus Code: 9C3XFVVF+HP

Entry Name: Thames House (North and South Blocks with Bridge Link)

Listing Date: 16 January 1981

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1267604

English Heritage Legacy ID: 418229

Location: Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: Vincent Square

Parish: Non Civil Parish

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

Tagged with: Office building

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Thames House (North
16.1.81 and South Blocks with


Office blocks linked by bridge. 1928 by Sir F. Baines as part of uniform
composition with Imperial Chemical House, q.v., flanking Horseferry Road
approach to Lambeth Bridge. Portland stone and granite on steel frame,
leaded roofs. Monumental office blocks and bridge-link treated in the
Lutyens-Baker manner with giant order dressing the "top hamper" below
steeply hipped roof, identical with Imperial Chemical House on splayed
corner elevations but slight variant in design to Millbank. 5 storeys with
3-storey attic. Millbank elevation has South Block of 21 windows wide,
4-window wide bridge-link with North Block of 12 windows wide, 7-window
wide splayed corner and return to Horseferry. Road. Granite faced ground
floor with principal doorways in 2nd bay in from bridge-link, archivolt
arched with carved spandrels, flanked by pilasters carrying entablature and
rising into 1st floor; 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, distributed regularly across
ground floor and rusticated 1st to 4th floors, with aedicules at regular
intervals to 3rd floor windows, 11 to Millbank and one each to centre of
other 2 elevations. Giant quoin pilasters and entablature above 4th floor.
The "top hamper" has giant order end pavilions of one window and 5 bay
colonnade to splayed corner on 6th and 7th floors; entablature with
crowning parapet. The bridge-link is slightly recessed with large
archivolt, keyed arch rising up 2nd floor with coffered tunnel vault,
rusticated spandrels and wall face above with band of windows separated by
escutcheon panels beneath entablature carried over from main blocks.

Listing NGR: TQ3020978888

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