Culture minister Tony Banks has been busy with a new tranche of buildings he has listed and others on which he is seeking the public's views. The moves were the last that Banks made before Tony Blair's reshuffle gave Alan Howarth responsibility for the built heritage, including listing.
All Saints Church, Bridle Road, in Croydon, built in 1955-56 by Curtis Green Son and Lloyd, has been designated Grade II. Also Grade II is Christ Church, Cheylesmore, in Coventry, designed by Alfred H Gardner and built in 1954-8. Banks' department said it was a 'rare and particularly lavish example of a building inspired by the Festival of Britain', spot-listed because of plans to alter its tower.
At the same time, Banks is seeking views on three other post-war churches. Recommended for listing by English Heritage, they are: Abbey Church, West Malling Abbey, Tonbridge and Malling, Kent (by Maguire and Murray in 1964- 66 and recommended Grade II*), Church of St Peter, Sheffield (designed by Oxley and Bussey in 1964-5, recommended Grade II) and Church of our Lady Help of Christians, Birmingham (by Richard Gilbert Scott of Giles Scott, Son and Partner in 1966-7, recommended Grade II).
Banks is also seeking the public's views on whether Grosvenor House in Birmingham, a speculative office building with a wavy nautical motif, again characteristic of the Festival of Britain style, and designed by Cotton, Ballard and Blow in 1954, should be listed Grade II.
Finally, Banks has listed Grade II Chesterfield Courthouse, West Bars, designed in 1963 and built 1963-5 by planner Prof J S Allen with Roy Keenleyside and the borough engineer.