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MI6 building - Vauxhall, London and Riverside

This is the MI6 building on the Albert Embankment, as seen from the River Thames. (I was in Millbank)


It is actually called the SIS Building, but is more commonly known as the MI6 building. It is the headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service (otherwise known as "MI6").


Within the intellegence community it is known as Legoland or as "Babylon-on-Thames" because it resembles an ancient Babylonian ziggurat.


It is located at 85, Albert Embankment.


Designed by Terry Farrell (the architect) and built by John Laing.


In 1999, it featured in the Bond film The World is Not Enough (remember when Bond's speeding boat flew out of it, and headed up the Thames).


It is by the Vauxhall Bridge. It is in a area called Vauxhall Cross, part of Vauxhall.


The Vauxhall Bridge is a Grade II* listed steel and granite deck arch bridge in Central London.


It crosses the Thames between Vauxhall on the south bank of the Thames and Westminster on the north side of the Thames. It was opened in 1906, replacing an earlier bridge.


The bridge was declared Grade II* listed status in 2008 to provide protection to preserve its character from further alteration.


The bridge was designed by Sir Alexander Binnie, although not many people liked his original design, so he submitted another one. His design had 5 spans with concrete and granite.


When they placed the granite piers, the builders discovered that a concrete bridge would be too heavy (there was clay under the Thames) so they changed it to a steel superstructure.


It was opened in 1906 by the Prince of Wales (the future George V).

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Taken on October 17, 2009