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Friday04 September 2015

Milton Keynes centre listed

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Milton Keynes’ 1970s shopping centre will today be listed at grade II, in a major victory for architectural campaigners over the building’s management.

It is one of four listing decisions on modern buildings due to be announced by architecture minister John Penrose today.

It was designed by Christopher Woodward alongside Derek walker and Stuart Mosscrop.

Coventry Market, built in 1957 and designed by the city architecture department, along with Sheffield’s 1964 Castle House co-operative department store, will retain their protection after he rejected appeals against their listing at grade II last year.

But Penrose turned down the application to list the 1966 gatehouse at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

The news was welcomed by English Heritage and Jon Wright, senior caseworker at the Twentieth Century Society which has been fighting for Milton Keynes for 10 years and worked on the other cases, hailed the three listings as “a really fantastic result”.

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  • I think MK must remain a place that embraces change but the original shopping building is perhaps one of the most iconic pieces of 1970s architecture we should treasure, not much came out of the 1970s of such stature.

    I also think this will be good as it will make them consider developing parts of CMK that are fairly quiet at the moment, rather than trying to pack it all into the north-eastern corner of CMK.

    I met Derek Walker a month or two ago, one of the nicest men I have ever met. (By that I mean friendly but so honest, values I rate very highly!)

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  • Thank goodness for that! Now, perhaps, we will get further developments in the spirit of the original designs rather than something following a "good idea" like the theatre district opposite.

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