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Imperial Airways Building

 

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  • The Imperial Airways Building was designed primarily as an interchange terminal for the passengers of Imperial Airways. The site was chosen due to its proximity to Victoria railway station which had easy links to Southampton and Imperial Airways flying boat terminal there.
  • The building was later used by BOAC until 1978, with connections provided via the Victoria Bus Station in addition to the train station and passengers able to check their luggage in here before heading to the airport. Following the opening of the Piccadilly line to Heathrow Airport, the building was considered surplus to requirements and sold by British Airways in the early 1980s as the company prepared for privatisation.
  • Much of the height of the building is a staircase tower with a clock. It was only through methods such as this that developers were able to circumvent the strict height limits that were imposed on London at the time. Flanking the clock tower are two curving five storey wings that have since been extended, pre 1981, with little respect to the original structure.
  • Standing above the entrance is a colossal statuesque representation of the Imperial Airways logo by Eric R. Broadbent who was responsible for sculptural touches to the building.

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Architect
Albert Lakeman
Eric R. Broadbent

Reference Data

Reference No.
7118
First Uploaded
08-11-2014
Last Editorial Date
23-08-2015
 

Building Location

Address
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, London. SW1W 9SP
Council
Westminster
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1937
Construction start date
1938
Completion date
1939
Heritage Status
Grade II
Style
Art Deco

Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
43.00 *

Total Floors (O.G)
12

Market Data

Primary Use
Office
Secondary Use
Clock Tower


Metres > Feet

* Estimated Height