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Richard Seifert : biography

25 November 1910 - 26 October 2001

Reubin Seifert (25 November 1910 – 26 October 2001) - normally known as Richard Seifert was a British architect, best known for designing the Centrepoint tower and Tower 42 (previously the NatWest Tower), once the tallest building in the City of London. Seifert is widely recognised for having influenced and shaped 1960s and 1970s London architecture in much the same way as Richard Rogers and Norman Foster would do in the 1980s and beyond. Other examples of his work in London include Euston Station, Drapers Gardens and the King's Reach Tower, as well as numerous commercial buildings - principally hotels and office blocks - in and around London. His practice also designed commercial buildings and social housing developments in other major British cities - most notably Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

Following his retirement in 1984, his son John Seifert took over the practice, which survived in various forms until 2010 when it closed amid alleged failure to pay tax debts. John Seifert now practices under the name Sigma Architects - continuing the legacy of hotel and commercial developments begun by his father.

List of works

London and suburbs

  • 90 Long Acre, Westminster
  • Barnet House, High Road, Barnet
  • Blackfriars Station, Queen Victoria Street, City of London (to be demolished)
  • Britannia Hotel (Millennium Mayfair), Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
  • Centre Point, New Oxford Street, Camden
  • Corinthian House, Lansdowne Road, Croydon
  • Drapers Gardens, Throgmorton Avenue, City of London (demolished)
  • Essoldo Paddington Cinema, Great Western Road, Westminster (demolished)
  • Euston Station, Eversholt Street, Camden
  • Exchange House, Watford
  • Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, Westminster
  • Holborn Centre, Holborn, Camden
  • I.C.T. House, Putney High Street, Putney
  • International Press Centre, Shoe Lane, City of London
  • King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, Southwark
  • Kings Mall, King Street, Hammersmith 1980
  • Kellogg House, Baker Street, Westminster
  • Limebank House, Gracechurch Street, City of London (demolished)
  • London Forum Hotel (Kensington Forum Hotel), Cromwell Road, Kensington and Chelsea
  • New Printing House Square, Gray's Inn Road, Camden
  • New London Bridge House, 5 London Bridge Street, Southwark (demolished - site now occupied by London Bridge Place)
  • No. 1 Croydon (the NLA Tower), Addiscombe Road, Croydon
  • One Kemble Street (Space House), off Kingsway, Camden
  • Orbit House, Blackfriars Road, Southwark (demolished)
  • Planet House, Baker Street, Westminster
  • Princess Grace Hospital, Nottingham Place, Westminster
  • Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Bayswater Road, Westminster
  • Riverview House, Beavor Lane, Hammersmith
  • Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High Street, Kensington and Chelsea
  • Royex House, Aldermanbury Square, City of London (demolished)
  • 1, 2 & 3 St John’s Square, Finsbury (now known as Gate House, 1 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, Islington)H.M. Land Registry Title number LN49048, drawing numbers 376.8 to 376.15 & 376.28, plans to the deed of 30 January 1963 made between W. McQueen & Co Ltd, Arrol Investment Company Limited and Cornersites (Investments) Limited
  • St Martin's Lane Hotel, Covent Garden, Westminster
  • Sheraton Park Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea
  • Sobell Sports Centre, Hornsey Road, Islington
  • Telstar House, Eastbourne Terrace, Westminster (demolished)
  • Tolworth Tower, Ewell Road, Tolworth, Kingston upon Thames
  • Tower 42, Old Broad Street, City of London
  • Wembley Hotel & Conference Centre, Wembley (demolished)
  • Westel House, Uxbridge Road, Ealing (demolished)
  • Woolworth House, Marylebone Road, Westminster


  • Anderston Centre, Glasgow
  • Alpha Tower, Ladywood, Birmingham
  • ATV Centre, Broad Street, Birmingham (demolished)
  • British Steel Corporation Research Laboratories, Middlesbrough
  • Central Television Complex, Nottingham
  • Centre City Tower, Hill Street, Birmingham
  • Elmbank Gardens, Glasgow
  • Concourse House, Lime Street, Liverpool, the scene of the giant mechanical spider La Princesse's first appearance in Liverpool; demolished 2008
  • Gateway House, Piccadilly, Manchester
  • Hexagon Tower (ICI Research Laboratories), Blackley, Manchester
  • Metropole Hotel, Birmingham
  • National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
  • Princess Margaret Hospital, Windsor
  • Rival Lamps factory building, Brighton (demolished)
  • Sussex Heights, Brighton
  • Hilton House, Manchester
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