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Arts minister Alan Howarth is to consult architects, amenity bodies and the public on listing architect Frederick Gibberd's Water Gardens and related sculptures in Harlow, Essex - but his department has warned that this may not stop them being moved in the future.

Howarth said that the 1960s features, which were recommended for the honour by English Heritage and may be added to the list of Grade II buildings, 'are considered to represent a unique and nationally significant integration of building and urban landscape by a post war pioneer of town planning and architecture'. Unusually, any listing will not mean the gardens or sculptures are in their present position for good. The scheme was built between 1960 and 1963. Three sculptures within the gardens by Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin and Elisabeth Frink have been proposed for listing in their own right.

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