The Broadgate files: Lipton’s letter to Hunt, 'Don't destroy Broadgate'
An undated letter from developer Stuart Lipton to culture minister Jeremy Hunt supporting the listing of Broadgate in the City of London has emerged
Revealed as part of a tranche of letters disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, the letter shows Lipton, original developer of Peter Foggo’s Broadgate scheme and Chelsfield Partners deputy chair, petitioning Hunt to list the 1980s Arup Associates-designed campus.
Lipton wrote: ‘To destroy Broadgate would be a lost opportunity as Broadgate has changed the way people live and behave.’
He added: ‘To deny Broadgate a listing would discourage other clients producing quality architecture, not only in the City but in London.’
Read the full letter
Earlier this week culture minister Jeremy Hunt granted buildings Three, Four and Six on the Broadgate estate a certificate of immunity from listing for five years.
In June English Heritage failed in a bid to have the buildings listed at Grade II*. The heritage organisation described the buildings as a: ‘triumph of urbanism’ that provided a point architectural and historic interest in the capital.