Prudential Building, Nottingham

At the junction of Queen and King Streets in Nottingham stands what began as the Prudential Building, though lately it’s seen a succession of restaurants fail to stick around and is currently vacant. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse it’s a stunning building in beautiful red brick, one of 27 such buildings Waterhouse designed for the Prudential Assurance Company throughout the UK.

It was built in the 1880s (the date of 1848 at the entrance refers to when Prudential itself was started), in the Flemish Renaissance Revival style with elaborate terracotta details. The figure below at the entrance represents Prudence, one of the cardinal virtues, and who has been the face of Prudential since it was founded.

You can’t really miss it when you’re in Nottingham city centre but it’s well worth a closer look to admire the details of the design.

You can find a few more photos here.

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6 thoughts on “Prudential Building, Nottingham

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  2. Richard Ellingworth

    This is now (April 2019) “The Alchemist” bar/restaurant. See how long that lasts.


    • Louise Jayne

      Yes, I know. They do seem to have a problem keeping a restaurant open there.


  3. Hi, I wondered if you’d be OK with my using the main image in an online presentation I’m preparing about the bombing of the Prudential Building in Hull in 1941? The Nottingham office gives a good impression of what the Hull one was like. Thank you.


    • Louise Jayne

      Hi, as long as there’s a photo credit somewhere feel free to use it.


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