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  • Sovereign House
  • Alan Cooke Associates
  • Norwich
  • 1966-68
Sovereign House
Alan Cooke Associates

Designed by Alan Cooke Associates, Sovereign House sits as part of a larger scale development, Anglia Square, by the same architects, arranged as four large volumes on a deck above a ground floor shopping plaza.

The highlight of Anglia Square through its western element is Sovereign House. From completion in 1968 until its vacation in the early 2000s, the building housed departments of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) that had been relocated from London. Although Pevsner’s Buildings of England dismisses the design of Sovereign House as “anonymous”, it is anything but. Like a space ship from a Gerry Anderson sci-fi drama, Sovereign House is still a thrilling suggestion of how Brutalist architecture could interpret the Corbusian motif of a cruise liner in the city. (James Benedict Brown)