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5 of London’s Most Unique Listed Buildings

LondonYou shouldn’t need our experts in roof rebuilds here at ELC Roofing Ltd to tell you that the English capital is a rich focal point for architectural treasures. It should not exactly surprise you, then, to learn that there are 600 listed buildings in the City of London alone, to say nothing of the many thousands to be found across the wider capital.

But everyone knows about the likes of Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. What are the more unusual buildings in the capital that have also been bestowed with listed status?

  1. Victoria Coach Station

Given that most of us who travel in and around London don’t usually stay for long at the capital’s largest coach station, generally being much more interested in boarding our scheduled coach, it’s easy to forget to look up and admire this 1930s Buckingham Palace Road building’s distinctive Art Deco style.

Only in 2014, however, was it finally given listed status, culture minister Ed Vaizey then declaring that it “harks back to another – more stylish, perhaps – era in public transport.”

  1. Trellick Tower

Who could ever forget the sight of this 31-storey North Kensington tower block, designed in the Brutalist style by the man – Erno Goldfinger – whose name later inspired a James Bond villain?

Completed in 1972, the 120-metre (394 foot) tall complex with its unmistakable communications mast was not always popular, but its residences are now highly sought-after, while the wider building has become a cult design icon.

  1. Stockwell Garage

Observers at the time of this 1950s bus garage’s construction would have surely never imagined that it would once be preserved for posterity – but sure enough, in 1988, it was given Grade II* listed status, in acknowledgement of its importance in postwar architectural and engineering history.

When this otherwise unassuming garage was first opened, in fact, it was capable of housing 200 buses and was the largest unsupported roof span in Europe.

  1. No. 78 South Hill Park

We had to include another private residence on this list somewhere, and it’s certainly not one with the most conventional roofing – or the most conventional anything else, for that matter!

No. 78 South Hill Park in Camden was designed by architect Brian Housden as his own family’s home in 1958, and subsequently built between 1963 and 1965. It was an embodiment of his personal vision, incorporating every influence from the then-emerging European modernism to classical and ancient African traditions. It finally became a listed building in November 2014.

  1. Railings to churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral

Everyone knows about the truly stunning St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s domed masterpiece being nothing less than one of the most iconic buildings in the world – but did you know that the railings outside it have their own separate listed status?

Nor should that be any real shock, given that they are – after all – the original 1714 heavy cast iron railings, making them among the capital’s earliest cast iron railings. They were made at Lamberhurst, Kent and granted well-deserved listed status in 1972.

Perhaps you own one of the many listed buildings to be found in the area of South East England that ELC Roofing Ltd serves, covering the likes of Cambridge, Colchester and Chelmsford, or maybe you would simply like to contact us for guidance related to copper roofs and zinc roofs for your next big property renovation project? Whatever your exact needs in roofing, we can cater for them.

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