The Twentieth Century Society

Listings reports

February 2013


Sainsbury Centre (including attached walkway, underground loading bay, retaining wall to loading bay access road) at the University of East Anglia, Norwich; Foster Associates, 1977: Grade II*

The Society successfully put forward this award-winning university museum, exhibition and education building for listing.  The open interior spaces created by the vast span of tubular-steel trusses were praised for their flexibility and adaptability.  The listing decision recognised that the industrialized, prefabricated style, using technological and engineering innovation, made the building ‘a high point of the British high-tech movement, and a modern classic’.

Mural located in former Lee Valley Water Company Offices and free-standing sculpture on west side of entrance drive, Hatfield; sculptor William Mitchell, 1965: Grade II

This concrete mural, a ‘dynamic piece of abstract sculpture on a huge scale, characterised by Aztec motifs and organic, fossilised forms’, was also successfully proposed for listing by the Society.  The small free-standing sculpture nearby, produced as a test piece for the mural, was also listed for its aesthetic quality and the role it played in the creation of the final artwork. Both will be removed and relocated when the offices they adorned are demolished.

Untitled Panel, Bodington Hall Refectory Building, University of Leeds; Hubert Dalwood, 1961: Grade II

This large decorative panel by the sculptor Hubert Dalwood was under threat from an application to demolish the refectory building to which it was attached. EH recommended listing at Grade II for its high aesthetic quality, unusual use of aluminium, and associations with an important post-war sculptor at the height of his career, representative of a historical period in art commissioning by UK universities.

Cheltenham Estate, Edenham Way, Kensington; Ernö Goldfinger for the Greater London Council, 1969-73: Grade II

Having been turned down for listing when the prominent Trellick Tower  (Grade II*, 1998) was recognised, the Society submitted an application  in 2011 after reports of threatened demolition this estate. It has been listed at Grade II as a late Goldfinger housing scheme, for its materials and craftsmanship and for its group value.

Turned Down

Christ Church and Upton Chapel, LB Lambeth; Peter J Darvalls, 1959

The Society was disappointed that listing was refused for this unusual but sensitive combination of chapel and office building, a striking local landmark on a prominent site at the junction of Westminster Bridge Road and Kennington Road.

Put Forward

West Norwood Library, LB Lambeth; Ted Hollamby, 1969

This early example of multi-use municipal leisure buildings includes a library, administration block and hall sensitively designed around an internal courtyard.  The beautifully handled interior shows the Scandinavian influences on municipal architecture of the period.

Wedgwood House (Ketelfield), Higham St Mary, Colchester, Suffolk; ACC (Peter Aldington), 1975-78

This 1970s trophy house, conceived as homage to Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, has been put forward for spot listing by the Society in recognition of its unusual steel  frame, flowing plan, wall-height doors and relationship with its extensive site, all of which we understand remain virtually intact.

Crown Reach, 146 Grosvenor Road, London SW1, City of Westminster; Nicholas Lacey, 1979

This Thames-side development was threatened by an application to demolish an office building which formed part of the original design. The Society has submitted a spot-listing  for the whole development as a significant and unusual design by a noted architect of water-side developments in London in the 1970s and 80s. Widely acclaimed at the time of its construction, and having been compared to Byker Wall, we believe this to be an important exemplar of architecture at the time.

Central Bus Station and Car Park, Tithebarn Street, Preston, Lancashire; Building Design Partnership, 1969

The Society have tried to get this iconic bus station listed on two previous occasions, and both times listing was recommended by EH and turned down by the Secretary of State. Another application has now been submitted as it is threatened once again, after the City Council voted to demolish it. The bus station, car park and taxi rank, opened in 1969 to the designs of BDP, remains a little-altered and remarkably good example of integrated 1960s traffic planning that still functions as originally intended.


Clarence Pier, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire;  A E Cogswell & Sons in association with R Lewis Reynish, 1953 and 1959-61

The Society is supporting the listing of this post-WWII pier, in a joyful and distinctive ‘latter-day Festival of Britain’ style, characterised by a concertina-shaped roof, glazed curtain walling, faceted rotunda and prefabricated panelling in a vibrant yellow and blue colour scheme.

Mansfield Road Estate, London Borough of Camden; Gordon Benson and Alan Forsyth, Camden Architects Dept, 1974-80

The Society supports the listing of this block of stacked maisonettes, in which the well-regarded Camden Architects Department sought to reinterpret the traditional terraced house using the principles of 1930s modernism.  The intricate plan maximises natural light and privacy while minimising traffic noise. 

Camberwell Submarine, Akerman Road, London SW9; Ted Hollamby, 1973-74

The Society regards this subtly sculpted and detailed concrete structure, constructed as a subterranean boiler house for a communal heating system that served the Myatt’s Field Estate, to be nationally significant as a unique and interesting component of the inner London urban landscape.

Mural on Lewes County Hall, East Sussex; sculptor William Mitchell, 1967

Following the listing of William Mitchell’s sculpture on the Lee Valley Water Company Offices, the Society is supporting the listing of these 11 bronzed fibreglass panels pierced with vertical openings of coloured glass bricks.

60 Draycott Place, London SW3; John Wright, 1962

The Society supported an application to list this  striking example of brutalist architecture which is threatened with demolition. The house retains a number of original internal features such as contemporary timber ceilings and floors which reflect the architect’s early career in cruise-liner interior design.

Burrell Collection, Glasgow; Barry Gasson Architects, 1971-1983

The Society welcomed Historic Scotland’s proposal to list this extremely significant 1970s building and supported the proposed Category A entry. This building, built after a competition to design a museum to house the Burrell Collection, is of international importance as a unique contribution to twentieth century museum architecture. It survives to a large extent in its original condition.

Bonar Hall, University of Dundee, Dundee; Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, 1977

This is an important university building, one of the last designed by the Macmillan/Metzstein collaboration. It has not been substantially altered since completion in 1977 and has intact foyer, main hall and senate room interiors. The Society supported a Historic Scotland proposal to list the building but requested that it be listed at Grade A (national importance) rather than the originally proposed Grade B (regional importance).

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