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Listing chance for Smithsons

Five buildings constructed in the 1960s and 1970s are being considered for listed building status, heritage minister Andrew McIntosh said today.

The structures, which include Alison and Peter Smithson's Upper Lawn Cottage in West Tisbury, Wiltshire, could achieve Grade-II status following a public consultation.

The other properties are the Chapel at St Mary's University College, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham; 38 Millfield Lane in Camden, north London; Wildwood, 12A Western Avenue, Poole, Dorset; and South Winds, Cryfield Grange Road, Coventry.

McIntosh said: 'These five buildings, all of which were designed by leading architects, have unique and distinctive architectural interest.'

Originally an 18th-century structure, Upper Lawn Cottage was designed as a weekend retreat by the Smithsons, who are credited as the founders of New Brutalism. They incorporated elements of the old building in their new construction, which dates from 1961-62.

The Chapel at St Mary's University College was built in 1962-63 to the designs of Albert Richardson of Houfe and Partners. Philip Pank, Richard Hordern and Robert Harvey designed other projects being considered.

All the buildings will have the usual three-month consultation period except for South Winds in Coventry, which will be two weeks.

by Rob Sharp

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