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Address: 15 Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England
Phone Number:
01473223000

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A must see

Iconic sir Norman foster architecture at its best, timeless design, open to visitors on heritage days

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
leisms
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Iconic sir Norman foster architecture at its best, timeless design, open to visitors on heritage days

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw by chance that there was an open day for this iconic Ipswich Building. Worth the hour spent to see the redundant indoor swimming pool and the tour gave a really good insight into the can's and cant's of this 20th Century listed building.

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Panicale, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I was very lucky to have worked in this building for a few years as a contractor. From an architectural perspective, it has to be a must see. They have now de-tinted the bottom floor glazing so you can see right into the guts of the building.

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ipswich
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

A modern building which has many interesting features including a roof garden and a swimming pool which can be viewed despite a false floor, this was originally built for the workers, but is no longer in use. If you can visit when the building is opened to the public on Heritage Weekend preferably when a Guide is available, you won't... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Impressive modern building. Nice contrast to most of the old style buildings in Ipswich. Looks like a place you would really like to work in. Who knows one day I might!

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Willis building is a five minute walk from the station and was designed by Norman Foster the world famous architect. It once had a swimming pool for the staff which is still situated under the ground floor as due to its listing it was not allowed to be filled i. It has a roof garden. A wonderful example of... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

My wife and I visited the Willis building as part of the recent 'Heritage' weekend, in our case the Saturday. For 40 years I have passed this building on an almost daily basis, marvelling at its black glass structure, how it reflects it's surroundings under certain daylight conditions, and how it delights the eye at night, with the interior lit... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

If this is open on heritage open weekends, it is definitely worth a visit. Grand entrance, reminiscent of a shopping mall, with open plan office space on 3 floors and a floor over what used to be the subterranean swimming pool. Tours were being taken round every 10 minutes - to see the old swimming pool area (still visible through... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

An amazing building by all standards, as it was built in the 70's and is now a listed building.The view from the top is outstanding, you can see most of ipswich and its many church spires. The restaurant was cooking bacon rolls and other food and lunches later in the day. Well worth a visit to walk round such an... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is a large glass office building near to the town centre. Apparently there is a garden on the roof. Something different to see.

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