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Andrew Duffy

Another EBS is Stephenson’s Civic Offices on Wood Quay. While this is one of the harshest examples of brutalism you’ll find anywhere, Stephenson always claimed that he was being judged on less than half a building. While the four blocks together with the glass atrium and other features planned for the site may have looked terrible, we’ll never know.

The Central Bank (also Stephenson) was an EBS for a long time; the copper roof was only put on in the 1990s due to leaks. In this case the building was in flagrant breach of planning, and looked better before completion.

Any more examples, good or bad, of buildings or projects chopped in half due to planners chickening out?

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