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Saturday19 August 2017

Ryder & Yates HQ faces demolition after being listed for just one year

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Rare listing U-turn criticised by conservation specialists

Ryder & Yates’ former headquarters on Tyne & Wear is facing demolition after being stripped of its listed status after just a year.

The 1964 building in the new town of Killingworth was listed at grade II in January last year along with 13 other offices as part of a Historic England thematic study.

It was described by the Twentieth Century Society as “a rare survival of a post-war purpose-built architects’ office” by “an important regional practice”.

But it has now been delisted after the heritage minister Tracey Crouch decided it was not of special architectural or historic interest in a national context. The replacement of windows and external panelling was a major factor.

Karen Topping of the Twentieth Century Society’s north east group said: “Clearly the building is of great cultural worth, but sadly it is now certain to be demolished.”

The society’s conservation adviser Tess Pinto said: “Buildings are de-listed very rarely. Taking into consideration the recent designation and the incredibly high bar set for post-war buildings, the decision by the DCMS to de-list in this case was all the more disappointing.”

 

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  • I am Alex

    And so the desperate efforts to wipe out post-war architecture continues. And we have the cheek to criticise that generation for insensitively demolishing victorian buildings - we are just as bad.

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  • A sad day. I remember going to that office regularly and meeting with Gordon Ryder and Peter Yates as part of my architectural training whilst at Newcastle University. It had a great feel to it internally and externally. Still looks good and timeless.

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    What is the point of any building being listed if the minister can de-list it on whim to please a developer? It should be as difficult to delist a building as it is to get it listed. There should be a proper process - not the stroke of a minister's pen.

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  • Ryder and Yates aren't as well known as they should be, there's several of their projects shown here: http://www.somethingconcreteandmodern.co.uk/

    I'm just back from a mini break to Newcastle and it's depressing how many of the region's great modernist buildings have been lost or spoiled. I'm surprised that the Apollo Pavillion doesn't have a pitched roof on it now.

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