by Mike Hussey, Chief Executive, Almacantar
& Paul White, Chairman & Chief Executive, Frogmore
We have been fortunate to be involved in some of London’s landmark development schemes, but Centre Point is different.
More than a development site, it is a national treasure.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 led to its creation.
Centre Point is a flawed icon, but a beautiful one. It demands thoughtful intervention to reinstate it as the landmark destination it was intended to be.
This blog is an exploration of Centre Point’s remarkable character and history, which will form the basis for its revival. It aims to foster a greater understanding of why this composition of buildings evolved in the way it did — and what it represents.
Centre Point is a building of many stories.