Building work on Surrey House commenced in 1900 and continued through to 1912. The building is still being used for its orignial purpose today as headquarters of the Norwich Union insurance company (now Aviva). Local architect George Skipper was comissioned to design the building and he created a functional office space with various Greek and masonic symbols. These were due to the influence of a descendant of the Union's original founder who was a classically educated prominent Mason. The design uses themes of insurance, protection and wellbeing to show customers the strength and prosperiety of the company. (Surrey House - the magnificent heart of Aviva - in house publication)
I'd done some research on the origins of the building online, then on Friday (26th March), I had an unexpected free afternoon so off I went with camera and sketchbook.