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Decision not to List the Welbeck Street Car Park, Westminster

Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch has decided not to list Welbeck Street Multi-Storey Car Park in the City of Westminster on the advice of Historic England.

A Historic England spokesperson said:

"While the car park on Welbeck Street stands out nationally as an exemplar of 1960s car parks, it does not meet the very high bar for listing buildings of this date. Designed by Michael Blampied and Partners 1968-70, it does not compare well with more striking and slightly earlier commercial buildings in the Pop Art movement from which it derives.

"The car park is not innovatory in terms of its structure and also exhibits flaws in its design. The car parking floors are compromised by the less well designed ground-floor arcade. The Pop Art inspired fa├žade is also a relatively late example of the artistic style applied to architecture and the split-level deck system for car parking was, by the late 1960s, a long-established model."

6 March 2017

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