Wayne Hemingway showed off the full extent of his architectural knowledge on BBC2’s Newsnight on Thursday after mistakenly claiming ‘his favourite architect’ Ken Shuttleworth had designed London’s Broadgate
As all AJ readers will know it is Shuttleworth and his practice Make who actually want to pull down part of the 1980s City office campus - designed by Arup Associates - and replace it with a huge new home for UBS.
The blunder was made as the fashion designer and self-proclaimed architect explained to viewers about the growing number of potentially listable 1980s buildings passing the statutory 30 year threshold.
He had started so well [note Astragal’s square brackets]: ‘While fashion in the 1980s did shoulder pads and big hair, architects went post-modern with flashy shapes and bold colour….’
‘Should Norman Foster’s Renault Distribution Centre in Swindon be preserved, do the laws courts in Truro [by Eldred Evans and David Shalev] count as a heritage asset and is the Isle of Dogs Pumping station [by John Outram] really worth fossilising?’
Then Hemo dropped his super-clanger: ‘This is Broadgate in the City of London designed by one of my favourite architects Ken Shuttleworth and its future lies in the balance.’
Oblivious to the howler he continued: ‘There’s a right old ding dong going on between those who want to see it listed and those who want to see it razed to the ground.’
Let’s hope English Heritage know who designed it when they deliver their listing recommendations later today.