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Society asks new minister to list Pimlico School

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Twentieth Century Society consultant director Kenneth Powell has written to new listings minister Alan Howarth to request that Pimlico School be listed now that it is 30 years old.

Powell, whose earlier letter to Howarth's department had not even been acknowledged, wants the issue considered 'with some urgency'. He wrote, 'The prospect of a distinguished building, which - it has been proven - can be economically refurbished, being demolished for an unwanted development is extremely depressing . . . Teachers, parents and local residents have all expressed support for the refurbishment scheme - only the alliance of the school governors (and they are far from unanimous) with Westminster Council opposes this course of action.'

The so-called '30 years rule' which applies to buildings, starts from when the first brick was laid. It means that Pimlico is now officially considerable for a Grade II listing. When buildings are under 30 years old and spotlisted, they must be considered worthy of a Grade II* listing or higher. Pimlico is the subject of a controversial pfi scheme to redevelop it to designs by Ellis Williams.

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