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Address: 15 Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England
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Dark and looming

Adds a touch of drama to the skyline. The black tinted windows are intriguing and the shape of the building is in stark contrast to those surrounding it. Must be fascinating to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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850 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Adds a touch of drama to the skyline. The black tinted windows are intriguing and the shape of the building is in stark contrast to those surrounding it. Must be fascinating to go inside.

Thank MrsBsTravels
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Architecture is interesting and stylish. Improves the look of the surrounding area and acts as a landmark. If you're lost in the area, people will use the Willis building as a point of reference, so it's well known and well thought of by the locals.

Thank L A
Colchester, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

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

Thank leisms
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

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.

Thank Gavin H
Panicale, Italy
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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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.

Thank Phil O
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 

Thank Linda K
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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427 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
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!

Thank daveinkent44
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Thank Steve H
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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 

Thank Colin R
Colchester, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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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