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Lubetkin's Modern masterpieces awarded conservation cash boost

English Heritage (EH) has promised to help fund the refurbishment of two of the UK's leading examples of the Modern Movement, both designed by Berthold Lubetkin.

The Finsbury Health Centre ( above) and the Spa Green Estate ( below), both in north London, will receive grants totalling £40,000 to help with the future conservation of the 1930s buildings.

The announcement follows the Islington Primary Care Trust's promise to refurbish the Grade I-listed health centre, reported last month in the AJ (AJ 16.11.06).

The cash will be used to create new guidelines that will help with the future conservation of the buildings.

Richard Parish, EH's historic areas advisor for London, said: 'The new management guidelines will provide the local authority with much-needed advice and information about the listed buildings, how they can be made fit for purpose in the 21st century and how their future can best be secured.

'The study will provide a condition survey of the buildings and greater clarity about which elements can be changed without compromising the architectural and historic importance.'

The two buildings were part of Lubetkin's Finsbury Plan, an effort to create better living conditions for residents of the north London district.

by Richard Vaughan

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