is the headquarters of The Automobile Association
in the English
county of Hampshire
. It is one of several AA buildings named "Fanum House" around the country. The original Headquarters in Leicester Square was also called Fanum House, 'Fanum' being the callsign of the AA.
The AA took advantage of 1960s government incentives to move from their London HQ to the rapidly-expanding town of Basingstoke. The building was completed in 1970 and AA employees moved in at that point, and it was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth
in 1973. It is an eighteen storey building (seventeen of offices plus a viewing gallery on top), the tallest on the commercial flight path between Heathrow
and New York
. It is clearly visible from the M3 motorway from some distance away. The name 'Fanum' is a Latin word for temple and was chosen to reflect the AA's status as the UK's premier motor breakdown company.
The Skyline Plaza development in the town centre, however, may succeed it as the tallest such building, as it will see the old Alencon House
being extended to 19 floors.
The 17th floor was originally executive offices with its own bar, but is now the same layout as the other floors in the tower block. There was also a bar in the 2nd floor canteen when the building first opened, though this closed some years ago.
There is no floor 1, the ground floor is known as 'Upper Ground' and the 'Lower Ground' basement floor is about half the size of the floors in the tower... Read More