Plans to alter the IBM building on the South Bank have been thrown into doubt after the Government listed the building at Grade II, writes London SE1 News.
London SE1 News writes:
The building – which like its neighbour the National Theatre was designed by Sir Denys Lasdun – has been included on the national heritage list by the culture secretary on the advice of Historic England.
A planning application for a scheme by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris architects to alter and extend the building is currently under consideration by Lambeth Council.
“We are thrilled and relieved at this decision,’ said Grace Etherington of the Twentieth Century Society…”
… A spokesperson for Wolfe Commercial Properties Southbank Limited said: “We remain confident that we will be able to sensitively restore and modernise this 1980s building.
Fundamentally, our proposals are based on the respectful adaptation of the existing building, creating significant improvements to its setting within the conservation area and upgrading the building to create flexible workspace and to make it more sustainable.
“We remain committed to our proposals which will deliver space for additional jobs, create an enhanced pedestrian experience for visitors to the South Bank and unlock huge economic benefits for Lambeth.
“We will be discussing with Lambeth Council and Historic England the most appropriate manner in which to bring forward these proposals which are widely supported.”