Don't demolish Millbank but don't list it either
So Astragal chooses to pit me against the Pevsner authors on the Millbank Tower (AJ 22.5.03). I agree with them that it was an exceptional achievement of its time, but maintain that, in spite of Ronald Ward and Partners’ excellent design, it is very unfortunately sited, particularly in relation to the Palace of Westminster.
While I was misreported as advocating its demolition, I do believe it was a mistake to list it, and very much doubt the authors’ claim that it has won public ‘affection’, certainly not to the extent of the Post Office Tower. Its main worth is that it excelled compared with the more banal blocks of the time.
George Ferguson, RIBA president-elect