Arts minister Baroness Blackstone has listed Eric Bedford's BT Tower, London's celebrated icon of 20th century telecommunications. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport also listed six other historically and 'architecturally outstanding' communications structures from around the country.
Blackstone said she was delighted to be able to make the BT Tower - known universally as the Post Office Tower in the '60s and '70s - a Grade II*-listed structure. 'The best of our modern architecture merits the recognition and protection that listing brings, ' she said. 'Structures like the BT Tower are cultural and architectural icons of Harold Wilson's 'white heat of technology'. These buildings mark the early milestones of Britain's transformation into one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world today.'
Blackstone also listed the Equatorial Telescopes in East Sussex, Dungeness Lighthouse in Essex, BT's Earth/Satellite Station in Cornwall, the ntl Broadcasting Tower in Yorkshire, Lancashire's Radar Training Station and the County Police Communications Tower in Durham.
The decision to list the structures was taken on the advice of English Heritage, which put together its initial recommendations as part of a thematic study of post-war communications buildings.