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The Radial Building was designed by the celebrated architect John Foulston. His radiating ward planform was almost universally disliked, reflecting principles of control and observation rather than care and treatment. (Amazingly architect Charles Fowler in the neighbouring county attempted to "fix" the inherent problems with the radiating ward plan for the Devonshire County Asylum.)

The south-west corner of Carew Building (Allen Ward). Note the ugly additions of boiler exhausts - presumably the buildings required their own boilers despite being linked to Foster Building by a subway. © Simon Cornwell 2006