Making (local) lists
The local list of heritage assets in Brighton and Hove that aren’t already included in the national listings compiled by English Heritage is being updated in 2013 and we've submitted a series of suggestions. Listing will provide these fine and interesting buildings with a degree of protection – although not to the extent offered by a Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II listing with EH.
The Regency Society has submitted details of 25 buildings which we believe should be added. Many of them were built after 1900 – more than 97 per cent of buildings listed by EH predate this. Here are a few examples.
Amex House in Edward Street This is one of the finest modern buildings in Brighton but is scheduled for demolition, less than 40 years after it was opened. We want that decision to be reconsidered – see Disappointing and inadequate brief for Edward Street.
Brighton Square (bottom right) Built in 1966, this group of shops with flats above is described in the Pevsner guide as “successfully keeping to the scale and variety of The Lanes”. It received a Civic Trust award when first completed. We have objected to current plans to re-face the buildings.
Jubilee Library (right, top) This is the only 21st century building in our list of suggestions. It has been widely praised for both its appearance and its outstanding energy efficiency.
The Freemasons, Western Road (right, second from top) As the name suggests, this public house was used as a venue for Masonic activities for much of its 150-year life. The 1934 Art Deco frontage in copper and mosaic tiles drew it to our attention as a candidate for the local list.
Former French Protestant Church, Queensbury Mews (right, third from top) Built in 1888 to serve Brighton's French-speaking community, this hidden gem was closed as a place of worship in 2008 and has been carefully converted as a private house, with many original internal and external features retained.
The Regency Society is pulling together suggestions that will be submitted to the council – among other ideas on our long list are is Faculty of Art at the University of Brighton.
Buildings should meet at least two of these criteria:
• Architectural, design and artistic interest
• Historic and evidential interest
• Townscape interest
• Communal value (although this one isn’t compulsory)
They should also be either rare and representative of their type or style or exceptionally intact.
See the full list of buildings we proposed for addition to the local list.
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