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PETER BROOKE ANNOUNCES LISTING OF KEELING HOUSE, TOWER HAMLETS

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The first listing of a post-war public housing tower block has been announced by National Heritage Secretary Peter ...
The first listing of a post-war public housing tower block has been announced by National Heritage Secretary Peter Brooke. Keeling House, Bethnal Green, London, designed in 1955 by Sir Denys Lasdun and built between 1957 and 1959, has been included in the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. It has been listed as grade II.

Planning permission has been granted by the Bethnal Green Neighbourhood for demolition of the building. But listing means that separate consent would be required under heritage legislation before demolition could go ahead.

Mr Brooke said: 'The quality of much post-war architecture is still the subject of controversy, particularly where tower blocks are concerned. However, Keeling House is an architecturally outstanding example of 1950s public housing. I am aware of the structural and technical problems associated with Keeling House, and the various estimates of the costs of repairing it. But the legislation requires that I list buildings which I consider to be of special architectural or historic interest.

'If an application were made for consent to demolish Keeling House, the listed building consent procedure would permit the special interest of the building to be weighed against other arguments which may point in favour of demolition.'
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