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Construction began again in 1995 with Diawa taking nine of the floors and now requiring a large service pavilion to be provided on the south side of the building — a ‘blind’ building that subsequently had to be glazed and converted when Diawa decided not to move in after all. When completed at the end of 1999, the building comprised three terrace blocks rising in steps from 8 to 18 storeys, arranged to fit a difficult site geometry and serviced by six perimeter access cores. , and in this sense are very similar to the Lloyds building.

It is at once old and new, old rebuilt to be new and new dressed up to appear old. The entrance on Bishopsgate is a selfconscious attempt to recreate Guimard’s Metro entrances in Paris, now with cast-steel joints and glass covering. The old roof of the station has been extended in the manner of the original construction. Old-looking brick towers are new concrete ones clad in stick-on brick. Part of the old hotel (now a McDonald’s) looks too new to be true; in fact, it was taken apart and rebuilt brick by brick.

Everyone had become Modernist: a new kind of post-Post-Modernism, minus the appetite for ‘ironically’ mining history for themes and features. The obvious comparisons are with the building’s neighbour, 88 Wood Street — a building Farrell criticises as ‘non-contextural’ — and with the 25 Gresham Street building by Farrell’s former partner, Nicholas Grimshaw. 45 London Wall/Wood Street, EC2 Terry Farrell & Company, 1991 Tube: Moorgate Alban Gate: strange twins at the portal 45 The City 88 Wood Street, EC2 Richard Rogers Partnership, 2000 Tube: Moorgate, St.

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