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Heritage fight for institute delisting

The Twentieth Century Society has written a letter to English Heritage demanding the rejection of an application to delist the 1960 Commonwealth Institute in west London The society is determined to defeat proposals from within the institute to get the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to free the Robert Matthews building of its Grade II* status.

Caseworker Cordula Zeidler said if the delisting application were successful it would lead to the 'iconic' building's demolition.

'Delisting would make possible demolition and replacement, ' Zeidler said in the letter. 'This would mean the loss of one of London's heroic post-war structures and a cultural document of the highest value.

'Though currently vacant, we do not see why the Commonwealth Institute cannot be retained and put back to use? there are certainly ways in which the building could be used, ' she added. 'We urge you to retain the building on the list.'

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