Camden Council has given Patrick Hodgkinson's controversial £20 million plans to redevelop the Brunswick Centre he designed in 1972 the thumbs-up and work will start soon - unless arts minister Alan Howarth spot-lists it Grade II*.
The council has granted planning consent subject to a section 106 agreement. The proposals, for a 3500m 2anchor store, planting, canopies, entrances, signage and lighting and new cultural spaces will get underway as quickly as possible.
Hodgkinson is most pleased to finally be able to paint the seminal building's exposed concrete exterior - part of the original plans. 'Whatever happens the building will be painted at last, ' he said. 'I don't care what people have grown to like, I hate New Brutalism and always have done.'
In February, the Twentieth Century Society appealed to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to list the building to stop Hodgkinson's plans for developer Allied London, which it thought would 'dilute its essential character' (AJ 3.2.00). English Heritage was also critical. DCMS minister Alan Howarth is now considering listing.