The building is the creation of one of the most influential property developers of the last century. Harry Hyams saw the opportunity to create a skyscraper in the heart of London. Designed by Colonel Seifert, it embodied the growing confidence of the 1960s, as Britain emerged from post-war depression. Later, it gained unwelcome ‘white elephant’ status, as it remained partially empty and cut off by the busy gyratory system that was formative in its creation.
This under-appreciated architectural masterpiece is now set for an imaginative new lease of life. Centre Point, which was granted listed building status in 1995, has received planning permission for a transformation by Rick Mather Architects and Conran and Partners who will revive its sixties design appeal alongside cutting edge design and technology.