In the austere years immediately following the end of the Second World War, much of Spence’s work was devoted to the design of morale-raising exhibitions, including the Festival of Britain.

“More than half the battle in designing buildings is to know exactly what is required. The next stage is to decide how to mould these requirements into efficient buildings”

(Sir Basil Spence)

Following his success at Coventry Cathedral, however, Spence received a succession of high-profile international commissions for public buildings, such as the British Embassy in Rome.

In the UK, Spence also designed a variety of commercial office complexes, and developed a strong relationship with firms such as Scottish Widows Life Assurance Fund, for whom he and his practice designed two successive headquarters buildings in Edinburgh.