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OXO Tower

Bargehouse Street, Lambeth
London ENG United Kingdom

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Finished1900
Floor Count8
Building Uses
 - residential
 - monument
 - observation
 - parking garage
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - sign
 - tower
Materials
 - masonry
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete


Description
Built at the turn of the century as a power station, the Wharf was acquired in the 1920’s by the Liebig Extract of Meat Company (the maker of OXO)

Liebig's architect Albert W Moore, proposed to spell out the name in electric lights on a tower but was refused permission. He came back with OXO incorporated as windows in 'an elemental geometric form' on all four sides of the tower. The OXO 'sign' could no longer be classified as an advert. The windows shone out their message from what was at that time London's second highest commercial building. It was known as Stamford Wharf and was used for cold storage, processing and packing.
The building became part of the vast 'Vestey' empire but by the early 1970s had become derelict.

By the time Coin Street Community Builders bought the site in 1984 the the only use related to two barges used as a floating helicopter port. The first act of the new owners was to close the heliport and bring some peace back to the riverside!

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