Swindon's 'Renault building' given Grade II status

The Spectrum building in Swindon has distinctive yellow "umbrella masts". Credit: Flickr/arkhitekton under Creative Commons

The Spectrum building, formally the Renault Distribution Centre, in Swindon, was designed by Sir Norman Foster and features yellow steel "umbrella masts" and a yellow roof around the single-storey glass-walled warehouse.

Built in 1980, the building featured as the backdrop to scenes in the 1984 James Bond film, A View to a Kill. It has been given Grade II listing.

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