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DCMS consults on listing mixed bag from the Sixties

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Culture minister Alan Howarth is seeking the public's views on listing a disparate tranche of post-war buildings including a fountain, synagogue, amphitheatre and luxury house.

The fountain is the Franta Belsky sculpture unveiled in 1963 in the courtyard of the Shell Centre in Lambeth, London, which is recommended by English Heritage for a Grade II listing. Both the synagogue and amphitheatre are at Carmel College, Crowmarsh, Oxon, founded in 1948 along with the Julius Gottleib Gallery and boathouse. The amphitheatre was designed by Thomas Hancock in 1965, its sunken form complementing the convex shape and soaring roof of Hancock's synagogue. Both are recommended for Grade II. The gallery and boathouse, built as a memorial to Gottlieb by his son to the designs of Sir Basil Spence and his son John Milton Spence, is up for a Grade II*.

The house, 8a Fitzroy Park in Highgate, was designed by Professor Hal Higgins, of Higgins, Ney and Partners. It comprises five pavilions linked by steel and glass bridges, and is recommended for a Grade II listing. Three churches have also been put forward for a Grade II listing - St Aldgate's Church in Gloucester (by Potter & Hare, 1964); St Mark's Church in Sheffield (George G Pace, 1963); and St Theresa of the Child Jesus RC Church in Skelmersdale Lancashire (Francis Xavier Velarde, 1957).

Howarth last week gave a Grade II listing to the Stanton Guildhouse, Gloucestershire, built by amateurs from designs by pacifist, Mary Osborn.

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