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Zaha backs No1 Poultry listing bid

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Zaha Hadid has voiced her support for the Twentieth Century Society’s bid to list James Stirling and Michael Wilford & Partners’ No1 Poultry

In a letter of opposition against Buckley Gray Yeoman’s planning application to alter the 1990s Postmodern icon in central London, the Stirling Prize-winning architect said she was backing the listing bid.

Last week, 24 members of James Stirling and Michael Wilford & Partners’ office spoke out about the proposed revamp, including Stirling’s partner Michael Wilford and the scheme’s project architect Laurence Bain. Architectural critic Owen Hatherley has also joined the calls for its preservation (see below).

In her letter to the Corporation of London, Hadid described the building as a ‘Postmodern masterpiece that deserves to be kept as a monument to innovative design and excellent execution’.

She goes on: ‘The iconic site in the heart of the city is one of London’s most striking projects and deserves a grade II-listing status. We must surely all do our utmost to ensure that we do not destroy yet another beautiful example of post-modernist architecture.

‘No1 Poultry deserves to be saved due to its architectural elegance and innovation. Demolishing parts of such an iconic building would be a deeply regrettable mistake.’

Hadid’s letter follows a listing bid by the Twentieth Century Society, which has also ‘strongly objected’ to the City of London over the proposals for the 1997 pink and yellow stone-clad landmark.

The controversial scheme 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.

Built by developer Peter Palumbo and completed five years after architect Stirling’s death in 1992, the building would have to be awarded a grade II*-listed status by Historic England as it cannot be considered for anything lesser 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.

 

 

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    Zaha backs No1 Poultry listing bid

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    Zaha backs No1 Poultry listing bid

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