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Surrey House

Surrey House
Surrey House on Surrey Street - geograph.org.uk - 22919.jpg
Typehouse
LocationNorwich
Coordinates52°37′29″N 1°17′40″E / 52.6246°N 1.2944°E / 52.6246; 1.2944
Built1900 (1900) onwards
ArchitectGeorge Skipper
Architectural style(s)Edwardian
OwnerAviva
Listed Building – Grade I
Surrey House is located in Norwich
Surrey House
Location of Surrey House in Norwich
Surrey House is located in Norfolk
Surrey House
Surrey House (Norfolk)

Surrey House, in Norwich, England, is the historic home of the insurance company Aviva (formerly Norwich Union) and a Grade I listed building.[1]

It is an example of Edwardian architecture designed by George Skipper and built between 1900 and 1912. Skipper was commissioned by The Norwich Union Life Insurance Society's directors to produce a 'splendid yet functional office space', incorporating Greek influences and the themes of insurance, protection and wellbeing, to reassure policyholders of the company's strength and prosperity.

The building has a Palladian exterior and an interior adorned with 15 varieties of marble, classically inspired frescos and a glass atrium. It also contains unusual items such as an 'air fountain' and a chiming skeleton clock made for he Great Exhibition of 1851.[2][3]

It is one of the Norwich 12 buildings.

References

  1. ^ "Norwich Union Offices 8, Norwich". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  2. ^ Norwich 12 Leaflet, Norwich HEART, 2010
  3. ^ Norwich 12 Guidebook, Norwich HEART, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9560385-0-0