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'Brutalist' electricity substation given protected status

The substation pictured in 1967. Credit: The JR James Archive, University of Sheffield under Creative Commons

A 'brutalist' electricity substation on Moore Street in Sheffield, was an important component of the radical post-war regeneration of the city which was badly bombed, English Heritage said.

The building, designed by Bryan Jefferson, has been listed at Grade II.

The Moore Street substation seen at night with coloured lighting. Credit: Saad Sarfraz Sheikh under Creative Commons


Swindon's 'Renault building' given Grade II status

The Spectrum building in Swindon has distinctive yellow "umbrella masts". Credit: Flickr/arkhitekton under Creative Commons

The Spectrum building, formally the Renault Distribution Centre, in Swindon, was designed by Sir Norman Foster and features yellow steel "umbrella masts" and a yellow roof around the single-storey glass-walled warehouse.

Built in 1980, the building featured as the backdrop to scenes in the 1984 James Bond film, A View to a Kill. It has been given Grade II listing.

Post-war architecture given listed status

Conservative MP Ed Vaizey is Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. Credit: PA

A Cold War bunker, a concrete electricity sub-station and a yellow-roofed warehouse that featured in a James Bond film have been given listed status.

A steel-framed private house has also been listed by Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey, on the advice of government agency English Heritage, in the latest move to protect post-war architecture.

Mr Vaizey said: "Everyone knows that England has a fine and wonderful built heritage. But it's sometimes forgotten that we have many outstanding modern buildings too."