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Building: Barclays Bank International Office, Poole, Dorset

50 golden years

TECHNICALLY demanding, with a tough time scale.

The architecture is impressive and it is a real example of working in partnership. It was successful for the customer, consultants and contractor.'

Work on the £9 million building, which is still the headquarters for Barclays' international operations, began in 1972 and was completed by July 1975. Officially opened in January the following year, it consists of three octagonal towers, including a central services tower.

Built from pre-cast concrete columns linked by bronze tinted glass panels, it was built by the south-west office of John Laing and designed by architects Wilson Mason Partners. The building was extensively refurbished between 1997 and 1998.

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