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Eye spy

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One of this year's more unusual open days took place on Monday evening at the new GCHQ complex in Cheltenham, the doughnut-plan building by Gensler - its biggest project in the UK to date. The scheme is a rather good advert for PFI, since it ends the practice of building mediocre additions every 10 years and not maintaining them that well.

GCHQ culture is moving from hermits to task forces (the doughnut has a street down its middle with open-plan offices either side); moreover, it is also getting into the intelligence retail business, though how commercial that may become is as yet unclear. Maybe it will be retail intelligence.

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