A 1980s Whitehall office block, a cinema that once boasted the widest screen in the UK and the former headquarters of Birds Eye have been named in a top 10 list of 20th century buildings most at risk. The Twentieth Century Society, a campaigning charity, published a list on Tuesday of the buildings it is most concerned about. Its director, Catherine Croft, said that even buildings with listed status protection were threatened, and that listing had become “just a minor inconvenience for determined developers.”
“We must not allow quick profit or spurious ‘public benefit’ arguments to outweigh the loss of buildings which future generations should be allowed to cherish and enjoy,” she said. “Once demolished, these buildings, and the stories they tell, are lost for ever.”
Half of the buildings are in the London area, including Richmond House, a building that once housed the headquarters of the department for health and social security.