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Battle over changes at Labour's Millbank HQ

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The Twentieth Century Society has criticised the owner of Millbank Tower for a series of alterations it wants the GMW Partnership to carry out on the Grade II listed structure.

The society has taken issue with Tishman Speyer - which also owns the Chrysler Building and Rockerfeller Centre in New York - over its intentions to make the foyer 'more impressive', remove a mezzanine staircase and strip the highest floor, including a board room, dining room and drinks anteroom, of all finishes.

The suite of rooms, on the 30th floor, all belonged to the previous tenant, shipbuilder Vickers, and the boardroom included a wall with model ships affixed. The society has written to the company asking that the wood-panelled room be retained, along with a circular dining room - which is built in a square space - and a dog-leg stair and glass doors in the foyer.

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