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South Bank golden ball turns up in Hertfordshire salvage yard

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A giant golden ball which previously adorned the roof of Sea Containers House on the South Bank has turned up in an architectural salvage yard in rural Hertfordshire.

South Bank golden ball turns up in Hertfordshire salvage yard

The fibreglass ball was one of the signature features of Sea Containers House close to Blackfriars Bridge.

It was spotted last month by SE1's eagle-eyed reporter in a run-down salvage yard in Bayford, Hertfordshire.

Work on the refurbishment of the building is nearing completion. The new-look building will house the Mondrian London hotel as well as office space for Puma and Ogilvy & Mather.

Upper Ground recently reopened after a lengthy closure to pedestrians and traffic.

Early plans for the building's revamp included retention of the golden balls but revisions to the scheme during the course of construction – approved by Southwark Council – have seen the features dropped.

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