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C20 Society rallies support for No1 Poultry listing

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The Twentieth Century Society has rallied the support of 24 members of James Stirling and Michael Wilford & Partners’ office in its attempt to get the postmodernist icon listed

The group has today (30 June) submitted a letter to Historic England in support of the society’s listing bid.

Of the 24 signatories, 19 worked on the original scheme while the remaining five worked in the office after the building completed in 1997.

They include Stirling’s partner Michael Wilford and the scheme’s project architect Laurence Bain amongst others.

The Twentieth Century Society are attempting to get the pink and yellow limestone-clad building by Bank tube station grade II*-listed to thwart a proposed revamp which has been drawn up by Buckley Gray Yeoman.  

The organisation has also ‘strongly objected’ to the City of London over the proposals for the 1997 post-modern landmark which will overhaul the existing shop fronts, create a new entrance to the offices and increase the amount of light reaching the first and second floors 

In its letter the group of ex-Stirling employees said that it was ‘dismayed’ by the proposals for the building.

They added that the scheme is ‘insulting to the work of the office and in particular James Stirling’s rigorous concept’.

Catherine Croft, director of the Twentieth Century Society said: ‘Due to planning disputes, work on site was not begun until 1994, two years after Stirling’s untimely death in 1992. Because of this, some commentators have seen the building as less significant than it would have been had Stirling lived. This letter emphasises Stirling’s personal role and the crucial contribution of a very small team.’

Built by developer Peter Palumbo and completed five years after architect Stirling’s death in 1992, the office block cannot be considered for a lesser grade II rating due to its age.

Buildings normally have to be over 30 years old to be eligible for listing - unless they are exceptional and under threat.

Buckley Gray Yeoman declined to comment.

The full list of signatories

  • Michael Wilford, partner James Stirling Michael Wilford and partners (JSMWP) and Michael Wilford and Partners (MWP)
  • Laurence Bain, associate, JSMWP and partner, MWP, project architect on No1 Poultry
  • Russell Bevington, associate, JSMWP and partner MWP
  • Paul Barke-Asuni, JSMWP (1985-1987, and 1991-2000): worked on scheme design, planning, design development, working drawings, curtain walling, windows, shopfronts and lift pavilion for No1 Poultry. Now at Eric Parry Architects
  • Andrew Birds, JSMWP/MWP (1985 - 1988), worked on planning and detail design drawings for No1 Poultry. Now at Birds Porchmouth Russum Architects
  • Brian Frost, MWP (1996-1998), site architect for No1 Poultry. Now retired
  • Darren Stewart Capel, JSMWP (1995-1998), assistant to project architect and site architect for No1 Poultry. Now at Atelier Capel
  • Felim Dunne, JSMWP (1984-1989), worked on design drawings for No1 Poultry. Now a director at BCDH Architects
  • Chris Dyson, JSMWP/MWP (1989-2000). Now principal of Chris Dyson Architects
  • Michele Floyd, MWP (1990 -1994), project secretary for No1 Poultry
  • Liam Hennessy, JSMWP/MWP (1992-2000), worked on detailed design drawings for No1 Poultry. Now at Liam Hennessy Architect
  • Charlie Hussey, JSMWP (1987-1992), Now director at Sutherland Hussey Harris
  • John Munro, JSMWP (1986 -1990), worked on production information for No1 Poultry. Now a director at Malcolm Fraser Architects
  • Jess Paul, MWP (1996 -1998), worked as a project assistant on No1 Poultry
  • Richard Porchmouth, JSMWP/MWP (1983-1988), worked on planning and detail design drawings for No1 Poultry . Now at Birds Porchmouth Russum Architects
  • Mike Russum, JSMWP/MWP (1983 -1998), worked on planning and detail design drawings for No1 Poultry, Now at Birds Porchmouth Russum Architects
  • Manuel Schupp, JSMWP/MWP (1990 - 2000), worked on design development for No1 Poultry. Now at Wilford Schupp
  • Charlie Sutherland, JSMWP/MWP (1985-1992). Now at Sutherland Hussey Harris
  • Laura Parker, MWP (1997-2000), archivist for the James Stirling Foundation and press and public relations for MWP
  • Andrew Pryke, JSMWP/MWP (1988-1999). Now a managing director at BAM Design
  • Alison McLellan, MWP (1994-2000). Now a director at Form Art Architects
  • Jackie Simnett, JSMWP (1983-1986), project secretary for No1 Poultry
  • Simon Usher, MWP (1993 - 2000), worked on tender and construction documents for No1 Poultry. Now at MUMA
  • Ulrike Wilke, JSMWP (1985 -1988), worked on the concept design for No1 Poultry. Now at Petersham Assets


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