CZWG’s The Circle, a 1989 mixed-use scheme near London’s Tower Bridge has been awarded Grade II listed status
The development for Jacobs Island Company, built on former docklands in Bermondsey, was recognised for its ‘compelling fusion of Postmodern architectural design and place-making’.
The Circle features 302 apartments, eight office suites, 12 retail units, a restaurant, a pool and a health club.
It is the second CZWG scheme to receive heritage protection this year, following the Grade II listing of 44 Britton Street in Clerkenwell, designed for television presenter Janet Street-Porter in the 1980s.
CZWG founder Piers Gough said: ‘The 80s were a time when the exuberant promise of the swinging 60s came to fruition in architecture.
‘It was an exciting time to work with young entrepreneurial clients celebrating an overtly witty and theatrical response to the surrounding creative city. Colourful Postmodernism reacted to the dreariness of debased Modernism with a rich fusion of historic and modern architectural devices inspired by the found context as much as the imagined future.’
The 80s were a time when the exuberant promise of the swinging 60s came to fruition in architecture
Historic England said The Circle was a bold landmark in the regeneration of Docklands, and was enhanced by a Shirley Pace sculpture called Jacob – the Circle Dray Horse.
The body added that the development ‘juxtaposes references to neighbouring warehouses with the dramatic urban intervention of a cylindrical void in brilliant blue’.
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