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Vaizey lists Goldfinger’s Metro Central Heights

Erno Goldfinger’s iconic Metro Central Heights in Elephant and Castle, London has been given Grade II-listed status by architecture minister Ed Vaizey

The south London landmark has won statutory protection more than 25 years after it was first put forward for listing.

Originally erected as an office complex but later converted to apartments, the 55 metre-tall building is one of the last remaining structures designed by the renowned Hungarian-born modernist.

Announcing the listing, Vaizey said the collection of buildings ‘clearly passed the test of time’.

He said: ‘Goldfinger considered this to be his most significant work. I am pleased now to be able to give it the recognition it deserves.’

English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley added: ‘Built by distinguished architect Ernö Goldfinger, Metro Central Heights is an excellent example of high calibre post-war architecture.  

‘An accomplished building, it has proved highly influential for designs which followed.  We are pleased that the Heritage Minister agrees with our advice and has listed it at Grade II.’

Originally known as Alexander Fleming House, the complex was built between 1959 and 1967 and housed the Department of Health and Social Security until 1989.

The structure was then disused until 2002 when St George converted it into residential apartments named Metro Central Heights.

In 2008 a 15-storey extension by Broadway Malyan completed on the site of the former neighbouring Odeon cinema which had also been designed by Goldfinger but was demolished in 1988.

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