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

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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!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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308 reviews
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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
10 attraction reviews
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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Thank Steve H
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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Thank Colin R
Colchester, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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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Thank SFM1959
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Thank Frances S
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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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Thank Chrissie B
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I remember this building being built about 45 years ago, and it was then the talk of the town as it was so revolutionary. It is made completely of glass on the outside with a roof top garden enabling staff who work there, to have amazing roof top views across the town. It must have been the youngest building to... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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494 reviews
210 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I thought this was going to be "just" a glass building but I soon realised that the angle of the reflections you get mirrored in the glass is very unpredictable and you soon start to marvel at it. Wonderful fluid curves make the shape so pleasing and yet when you look at it as a whole you wonder how they... More 

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Thank Jan W
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Right opposite a beautiful medieval Church, how did the planners allow it? I agree with the summing up on a recent TV programme.

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Thank Clonark
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33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

This building u need to visit if u are in the ipswich area, its worth visiting when they have there open days, its got a lovely garden which i used to love sitting in when I worked at Willis in the Summer time.

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