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The Broadgate files: Lipton’s letter to Hunt, 'Don't destroy Broadgate'

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An undated letter from developer Stuart Lipton to culture minister Jeremy Hunt supporting the listing of Broadgate in the City of London has emerged

Revealed as part of a tranche of letters disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, the letter shows Lipton, original developer of Peter Foggo’s Broadgate scheme and Chelsfield Partners deputy chair, petitioning Hunt to list the 1980s Arup Associates-designed campus.

Lipton wrote: ‘To destroy Broadgate would be a lost opportunity as Broadgate has changed the way people live and behave.’

He added: ‘To deny Broadgate a listing would discourage other clients producing quality architecture, not only in the City but in London.’

Further documents disclosed include letters from London mayor Boris Johnson and UBS chief executive Carsten Kengeter which opposed listing Broadgate.

Earlier this week culture minister Jeremy Hunt granted buildings Three, Four and Six on the Broadgate estate a certificate of immunity from listing for five years.

The decision paved the way for Make’s £460 million Five Broadgate scheme to replace two of the estate’s 1980s Arup Associates-designed buildings.

In June English Heritage failed in a bid to have the buildings listed at Grade II*. The heritage organisation described the buildings as a: ‘triumph of urbanism’ that provided a point architectural and historic interest in the capital. 

The 65,000m² project for developers British Land and Blackstone will feature the largest floor plates in The City, housing up to 750 staff on each floor and 6,000 workers in total.

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