King Street

  • client
  • Johal, Munshi & Co Ltd
  • contract value
  • to be determined
  • date
  • 2019
  • sector
  • Apartments
  • location
  • Nottingham
  • contact
  • Jamie Brown

Alfred Waterhouse built many fine commercial buildings throughout England and Scotland during his prolific career. Many of these were offices for the burgeoning insurance market and his regional headquarters for The Prudential Assurance Company in Nottingham is a particularly fine example.

Built at the end of the nineteenth century in the Flemish Renaissance Revival style it has terracotta dressings and a tiled roof. Listed Grade II in 1972, it is considered by many to be Nottingham’s finest example of Victorian architecture. Seldom can a magnificent building have risen from a more difficult site. Set on sloping ground at the fork of King and Queen Streets only an architect of very great ability could have pulled it off. It is remarkable also as one of the earliest examples of a steel frame in England.

The lowest level, originally intended as a banking hall, is now a restaurant. The upper office floors remained as Waterhouse originally intended, although much altered over the years to suit modern working practice. But by 2016 they had become virtually redundant, occupiers succumbing to edge of town working with parking and easy access to the road network. Like many such buildings it is now to be re-born as a high-quality city centre residential location.

23 one-bed and studio apartments are proposed over the three floors, all linked by the original stone spiral stair at the rear with a roof lantern above. Many of the previous alterations undertaken are proposed to be reversed: most notably the removal of a 1990’s steel stair and the plan form reverting back to the cellular arrangement as constructed.