Adelphi Estate Act 1991

1991 CHAPTER vi

An Act to repeal certain statutory restrictions upon development of lands on the north side of the river Thames between Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge; and for other purposes.

[9th May 1991]


By an Act of the eleventh year of the reign of His late Majesty King George the Third intituled “An Act for enabling certain Persons to inclose and embank Part of the River Thames, adjoining to Durham Yard, Salisbury Street, Cecil Street, and Beaufort Buildings, in the County of Middlesex” (hereinafter called “the [1771 c. 34.] Act of 1771”) lands which included former ground and soil of the river Thames lying between Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge were inclosed and embanked on the north side thereof:

And whereas sections 3 and 4 of the Act of 1771 imposed restrictions upon the buildings, structures or materials which may be erected, built or piled upon the said lands:

And whereas by the Adelphi Estate Acts 1933 and 1938 the Trustees of the Adelphi Estate were authorised to build on part of those lands free from the restrictions imposed by the Act of 1771 but subject nonetheless to certain restrictions including restrictions upon the height of such building:

And whereas the building known as The Adelphi (hereinafter referred to as “The Adelphi”) was duly constructed between 1936 and 1938:

And whereas Gefica Industries AG (hereinafter called “the Company”) is a company incorporated in accordance with the laws of the Principality of Liechtenstein:

And whereas the Company is now the owner of part of the Adelphi Estate being a part on which The Adelphi is situated:

And whereas it is expedient that the Company should make certain alterations to The Adelphi, including additions to its height which are outwith the authority of the Adelphi Estate Acts 1933 and 1938:

And whereas the restrictions of sections 3 and 4 of the Act of 1771 are outmoded and unnecessary and it is expedient that the said part of the Adelphi Estate which is owned by the Company should be freed from the restraints of those sections and of all other special statutory restrictions:

And whereas the purposes of this Act cannot be effected without the authority of Parliament:

May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may be enacted, and be it enacted, by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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This Act may be cited as the Adelphi Estate Act 1991.


(1)In this section the expression“the signed plan” means the plan signed in triplicate by Miss Betty Boothroyd the chairman of the committee of the House of Commons to whom the Bill for this Act was referred, one copy of which has been deposited at each of the following offices:—

(a)the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments, House of Lords;

(b)the Private Bill Office of the House of Commons; and

(c)the registered office of the Company.

(2)The Act of 1771, the [1933 c. lxxxviii.] Adelphi Estate Act 1933 and the [1938 c. xi.] Adelphi Estate Act 1938 are hereby repealed so far as the same relate to the land edged red on the signed plan.