A major rebuilding campaign spread across the country in the 1950s following the aftermath of the Second World War. It was a period which saw the work of Alec F French and Partners (as we were then known) expand beyond Bristol into surrounding cities including Plymouth, Exeter, Swansea, and Swindon.
Pearl Assurance House, Plymouth
Built in association with Sir John Burnet Tait, Pearl Assurance House above was inspired by the work of Eric Mendelsohn and is a fine example of the Modern Movement. The building, constructed in white Portland Stone, is centrally located along Plymouth’s Royal Parade and formed part of the major redevelopment of in the medieval centre which had been severely hit by seven devastating German air raids.
Royal Insurance, Plymouth
Situated on St. Andrew’s Cross at the eastern end of the Royal Parade, the Royal Insurance building was also inspired by the pre-War London buildings of Sir John Burnet Tait & Lorne. Constructed in Portland Stone on a granite plinth, the building possesses a distinctive base and cornice with a set back fifth floor. The building occupies a prominent location and formed an early part of the revised Abercrombie plan for the city.
Pearl Assurance House, Swansea
With developments continuing in Plymouth, the practice was commissioned by Pearl Assurance to design their ‘Pearl Assurance House’ in Swansea, Wales. The picturesque setting depicted opposite would be transformed by the introduction of the Kingsway Roundabout, part of the post-war reconstruction of Swansea city centre.