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Tate slide comes to office building

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A new office block in Sheffield has become the first building in the UK to permanently install a giant slide for visitors and employees to use.

The 30m, three-storey slide is designed by Josef Wiegand, who also designed and built the slides for Carsten Höller’s installation at the Tate Modern in London in 2006-07.

Apparently the slide will take people from the top of the building's atrium to the ground-floor reception area in five to seven seconds. It certainly beats the lift.

The building is the first of five new blocks built to form Sheffield’s new Digital Campus, but employers had better have good compensation lawyers. The Tate installation claimed 15 victims during its tenure, with one woman suing the gallery after breaking her hand.

The slide will be installed this summer and the building will open in the autumn.

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