The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

The former NLA Tower, clad in white mosaic

Seifert revival

The life and work of Richard Seifert come under the spot light at a Seifert themed evening at RIBA this week, and two of the architect’s most famous buildings have been the recent focus of Twentieth Century Society attention.

We have put forward Seifert’s outstanding former NLA tower (1968-70), also known as the ‘three penny bit building’ for listing. This largely unaltered 23 storey land mark office building in the centre of Croydon is one of the best remaining examples of the architect’s work.

And we also reviewed controversial plans for Seifert’s most well – known work, Centre Point (grade II, 1961-66, with designer George Marsh) including part in-fill of the link bridge between the tower and residential block and extensive façade replacement. We are pleased that the scheme was turned down by Camden’s planning committee in September, and hope that more sympathetic plans will come forward soon.

This week Catherine Croft and photographer Sarah Duncan will be examining the life and influence of Richard Seifert at a talk at RIBA on Tuesday. Click here for details of the RIBA event (it was sold out, we’ve just released more tickets – available from midnight via the website or email: and pay £5.00 on the door). There are also still a few spaces on our Seifert themed walks in London on 10 November 2012. Click here for more details of the walks.


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