Modernisation: from 3d to 50p

No. 1 Croydon, London, October 2019

No. 1 Croydon is an easily distinguishable building close to East Croydon station. Known as the NLA Tower, standing for ‘Noble Lowndes Annuities’, it was completed in 1970, standing tall with 24 storeys measuring 82m in height. It has been renovated since then, and now stands proudly in a city that is undergoing much change.

Its unusual structure, effectively a tower of octagonal floors set at varied angles, has earned it a variety of nicknames. Its main name during its youth was the Threepenny Bit Building, even though the 3d coin had 12 sides not 8. That nickname faded after decimalisation, and it is now known as the 50p Building (and the 50p coin only has 7 sides).



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 18 October 2019

Posted as part of October Squares

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