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Plymouth Civic Centre was built in 1958-62 by Jellicoe, Ballantyne and Coleridge. It is an in-situ concrete structure with pre-cast aggregate panels. The building comprises a fourteen storey slab block on a raised raft foundation which straddles a two storey block to the north and a bridge link to the two storey Council House to the south. The bridge link is elevated on pilotis to create an open courtyard with a reflecting pond, part of the designed landscape of the civic square.

The Civic Centre lies at the southern end of the area which formed the focus of Patrick Abercrombie's 'Plan for Plymouth', an ambitious plan for the re-building of Plymouth city centre following the devastating bombing of WWII to create a great Beaux-Arts city. The Civic Centre lies within an area zoned for civic function, near the former Guildhall. The design of the new civic area was masterminded by HJW Stirling who was appointed city architect in 1951. In February 1957, Stirling's scheme was approved by the City Council but by May 1957 the architects Jellicoe, Ballantyne & Colleridge had been appointed to 'complete' the detail of Stirling's design as his office had more work than it could cope with.

In June 2010 Avanti Architects published a feasibility study examining future uses for the site which was put up for sale by Plymouth City Council in October 2010.

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