He’s been called ‘an awe-inspiring figure in the world of commercial development’ and his legacy has been compared to that of Sir Christopher Wren. Yet Colonel Richard Seifert, the architect behind Centre Point, has never exactly been a household name.
Look at any early picture of Centre Point and you will notice something is missing: its name. The addition of the lettering at the top of the building came several years later, as the result of much persistence from developer Harry Hyams.
It’s a strange irony that Centre Point – one of the biggest and most talked-about developments of its time – is the work of an unusually private man who has always gone to great lengths to maintain a low profile.