The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has turned down the landmark brutalist Southbank Centre for listing and issued a Certificate of Immunity (COI), which means that the building cannot be reassessed again for another five years.
The C20 Society writes:
It is the fourth time that Historic England has recommended the building for listing since 1992, and the fourth time that DCMS has overturned the advice of its own specialist heritage advisers about this case. The Twentieth Century Society will be challenging the decision.
Many people assume the Southbank Centre (the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, integrated walkways and the undercroft for skateboarders) is already listed, because it’s an integral part of the most important complex of modernist buildings in the country, providing a coherent visual link between the National Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall, both already listed (Grade II* and I). But the SBC remains unlisted and under threat, as the decision comes ahead of a planned phase of works to increase connectivity along this stretch of the Southbank.
The recent refurbishment by Fielden Clegg Bradley has been a success, but in 2013 the Society fought off plans by the same architects to construct a massive glass extension on top of the complex, and are worried that major alterations may once again be in the pipeline.