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Grade II listing for Cullinan-designed conference centre

The 30-year-old Uplands Conference Centre in Buckinghamshire by Edward Cullinan Architects has been granted a grade II-listed status

Opened in 1984, the Cullinan-designed building is one of the youngest buildings in the UK to be listed. Just 0.2 per cent of listed buildings were constructed post-1945.

The scheme includes part of a 1850s country house by Edward Buckton Lamb – a 19th-century architect best known for his unconventional church designs.  

The main interior space of the building is a large double-height foyer - a multi-purpose area designed for conversation and impromptu working as well as for reception and circulation. The space, which is attached to the back of the existing house, is dominated by two curving staircases, and features a timber roof with a glazed ridge.

The listing decision stated: ‘[The scheme is] an outstanding example of a purpose-built conference centre, designed by a highly-regarded practice that specialised in this type of work’.

The scheme was set in a landscape by the late Georgina Livingstone, which has also been included in the listing.

Cullinan is still waiting to hear the fate of the Ready Mix Concrete International HQ in Surrey, which they applied to have listed in a bid to stop it from being demolished.

The single-storey office building which was completed in 1990 is regarded as one of the practice’s most important works and set a precedent for low-energy, ecological building design.

The project, which won an RIBA Award in the same year is set to be pulled down and replaced by terraced housing. Plans were lodged in December for the new scheme by the site’s owner Cemex. 

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