Historical Significance

At its construction in 1963 Millbank Tower was one of the first high rise buildings constructed along the Thames and was London’s highest structure until surpassed by the G.P.O Tower two years later.

The concave and convex shape of the 32 storey tower rising above a two storey podium and the complimentary Y shaped eight storey block was an innovative and sophisticated design. It features high quality curtain walling and Britain’s first use of projecting stainless steel mullions. All these features have contributed to its Grade 2 listing and it is now regarded as one of London’s most significant post war buildings.

 

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Original Design in Watercolour, Ronald Ward Associates

   

 Heritage:

Millbank Tower is a Modernist building of national architectural and historic interest

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Originally known as Vickers Tower. Designed by Ronald Ward and Partners.
Design Process began in 1956 and the tower was completed in 1963

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Architectural form: concave and convex form of tower

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Skilful composition of the tower, Y-shaped building and the podium

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Curtain walling: Britain’s first use of projecting stainless steel mullions

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One of the first tall buildings to be built along the River Thames.

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It was briefly London’s highest structure and stands at 387ft or 118m

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Some original interior fittings survive on the ground floor

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Its location, height and materiality reflect the confidence and modernism of post-war planning

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Grade II listed

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Regarded as one of London’s most significant post-war buildings