Limestone from the Isle of Portland in Dorset, highly prized as a building material.
- It contains three distinctive facades and the building is clad in Portland stone which is embellished with a wealth of elaborate carvings.
- Touches include gothic fireplaces made from Portland stone and walls lined with purple velvet and brown, blue and yellow patterned wallpaper.
- The new plan seems set to create a much more significant development more in keeping with its surroundings, unlike the dirty Portland stone and marble facings and 1960s concrete-style structures it replaces.
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