English Heritage to judge on UBS office

City A.M. Reporter
A PANEL of planning and architecture experts will today meet to decide whether to push for listed status of the Broadgate estate near Liverpool Street.

English Heritage is due to announce shortly afterwards whether plans to knock down two buildings on the estate should be put on ice, pending government approval.

British Land, which owns the Broadgate complex of 16 buildings in a joint venture with Blackstone, wants to keep UBS on its estate with a £340m purpose-built headquarters, due for completion in 2016.

But conservationists want the site to be protected as a leading example of 1980s architecture.

English Heritage declined to comment on confidential proceedings yesterday.