So, English Heritage have once again made complete spanners of themselves, this time by listing an NCP Carpark in Soho as a Grade 2 Listed building. The result being that now it can't be torn down and redeveloped. How about a few nominations for SE1 Grade 2 listings? To get the ball rolling, here are my starters for ten:
(1) The Butts Pub, Elephant and Castle. Truly a more marvellous spectacle than even the trainspotting toilet.
(2) Ashenden Tower Block, New Kent Road. I know everyone was stoned in the 60s, but that is one bad trip.
(3) Norman Foster's 60s throw-back Egg. The first truly hideous building of the new millennium, and in such a prime location. Well done, Norm, for ruining the view of Tower Bridge.
Anything built in the last 20 years that pretends to be Victorian/ Georgian/ Medieval. Lets hope the owners don't have cars, TV's, and central heating, and do have outside loos and candle light. I won't even begin to list the hunderds of nasty pastiche buildings that litter SE1 and the rest of London.
Lets have well designed, modern buildings in SE1!
If you want to list bad buildings start with ones that wished they had been designed 200 years ago.