Elephant & Castle building given Grade II listing despite an appearance that divides opinion

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Heritage minister Ed Vaizey has slapped a Grade II listing on Erno Goldfinger's Metro Central Heights building. Vaizey accepts that the building's appearance "divides opinion".

Situated in Elephant and Castle, the decision to protect the building follows expert advice from English Heritage. The status will guard the building against unauthorised demolition, alteration or extension.

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage said:

Built by distinguished architect Ernö Goldfinger, Metro Central Heights is an excellent example of high calibre post-war architecture. An accomplished building, it has proved highly influential for designs which followed.