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Lloyd’s building granted Grade I listing

6 January 2012 No Comment

The iconic Lloyd’s building is youngest to receive English Heritage Grade I listing status, reports Architect’s Journal. The instantly recognisable “inside out” building, home to insurance firm Lloyd’s of London, was opened just 25 years ago by the Queen. The listing has been bestowed to prevent any redevelopment of the property.

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“Exceptionally important” building

Typically Grade I status is granted only to “exceptionally important” buildings that are over 30 years in age. Nevertheless, English Heritage submitted a proposal for the Lloyd’s building to be listed and was “delighted” when Heritage Minister, John Penrose agreed.

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Unusual but eye-catching building

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Designed by architect Richard Rogers, the unusual building comprises lifts, staircases and toilets encased in towers against the external walls; conveying the futuristic appearance.

Taking eight years to complete, the building is made up of 33,510 cubic metres of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass, The Press Association writes.

Awe-inspiring futuristic design

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Commenting on the accolade, Mr Penrose said:

“The Lloyd’s building designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership stands the test of time with its awe-inspiring futuristic design which exemplifies the hi-tech style in Britain.

“It clearly merits the extra protection against unsuitable alteration of development that listing provides. Its listing at the highest grade is fitting recognition of the sheer splendour of Richard Rogers’ heroic design.”

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