|Type of record:||Building|
|Name:||Anglia Square and cinema|
Anglia Square is a central square of shops approached from the surrounding streets by a series of tunnel-like passages. The main part of this complex was built in 1971 by Alan Cooke Associates, and may represent Britain's first mega-structure.
The Square itself was intially designed with a canopy over the central courtyard, which originally had red tiles over the white concrete structure. Both the canopy and most of the tiling have been removed. Towering above the square are a multi-storey car-park and a cinema, reached by a curving service road and all in grey concrete. The vast area of the main auditorium of the cinema seats over a thousand people on a steeper slope than normal, and opened in 1971.
The square itself was designed as part of the regeneration of this part of Norwich, though like many similar projects across the country has not been completely successful. The future of Anglia Square may be in doubt as further regeneration work is proposed.
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|Grid Reference:||TG 23073 09371|
|Parish:||NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK|
Anglia Square Shopping precinct and offices.
Includes Anne’s walk, Odeon (Now Hollywood) cinema and Sovereign House.
Sovereign House (HMSO building) at southwest corner 1966-8 by Alan Cooke Associates, glazed building with circular stair turrets at corners. Main complex 1971, red tiles on white concrete, with central square approached by tunnel-like walks from Magdalen Street. Odeon (now Hollywood) Cinema, on concrete columns to raise it to the upper, service road, level, 1971 also by Alan Cooke. Multi-storey car park to north. Since altered by removal of most of the tiles, canopy over central square. Acclaimed by the late Reyner Banham, Norwich-born architectural writer, as Britain’s first megastructure.
Threatened with partial destruction in 2006.
E. Rose (NLA), 8 August 2006.
- SHOPPING PRECINCT (Mid 20th Century to 21st Century - 1966 AD to 2100 AD)
- CINEMA (Late 20th Century to 21st Century - 1971 AD to 2100 AD)
Associated Finds - none
Protected Status - none
Sources and further reading
|---||Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Ghostly reminders of the past in city's forgotten buildings. 31 December. |
|Site 799||Parent of: 4-8 Botolph Street (Monument)|
|Site 786||Parent of: Botolph Street, Sovereign House (Monument)|
|Site 1855||Parent of: Junction of Botolph Street and Magdalen Street (Monument)|
|Site 1854||Parent of: Junction of Botolph Street and Magdalen Street (Monument)|
|Mon 1032||Parent of: Kings Arms Inn, Botolph Street (Monument)|
|23||Parent of: Post medieval pottery finds at Sovereign House, Botolph Street (Find Spot)|
|38||Parent of: Post medieval pottery sherds (Find Spot)|
|22||Parent of: Roman coin find at Sovereign House, Botolph Street (Find Spot)|
|Site 787||Parent of: Sovereign House, Botolph Street (Monument)|
|Mon 1343||Parent of: Sovereign Way (Monument)|
|Mon 749||Parent of: St Botolph's Church (Monument)|
|Mon 1239||Parent of: Stump Cross (Rebuild) (Monument)|
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