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The sky's the limit in latest round of post-war listings

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Five post-war buildings with amazing features, such as soaring roofs and zigzagging facades, have been listed. The dcms's 'songs of praise' listing includes three churches, a home and an eight-storey office block.

Grade II listing went to Richard Gilbert Scott's Catholic Church of Our Lady Help of Christians. The 1967 T-plan building in Birmingham has a soaring tripartite roof of post-tensioned concrete. The building, with marble and semi-abstract glass by painter John Chrestien, was described by dcms as one of England's liveliest. Grade II also went to Oxley and Bussey's 1965 Church of Peter in Sheffield with its steep spire on top of curving walls. Abbey Church at West Malling, Kent, with a cylinder- shaped hip roof designed by Maguire and Murray in 1966, was listed Grade II*.

Arts minister Alan Howarth said that the listings are proof that churches do not have to be steeped in centuries of history to be spiritually and aesthetically inspiring.

He also added 29a Loom Lane in Radlett, Hertfordshire, to the register at Grade II. The 1964 home by George Marsh, who worked on Centre Point, has hyperbolic paraboloid roofs on a steel frame.

Last week's announcement was rounded off by a Grade II listing for Birmingham's Grosvenor House, 'a rare and unusual example of the 1950s contemporary style' by Cotton, Ballard and Blow. The artificial-stone cladding combines curves and angled bays giving the facade a zigzag rhythm.

Richard Rogers Partnership, which was the tender-design architect for this E-shaped mixed-use scheme with 60m-high tower for Frankfurt, has handed over to German architect abb for the construction phases. The slim, 48,000m2 Skylight has restaurants and cafes on a piazza, trading floors and offices, two penthouses and 40 flats, and 220 underground car spaces. It is part of Frankfurt 2000, a 10-year, 20-skyscraper masterplan to be a magnet for global finance firms.

See Martin Pawley, page 24

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