Striking Twentieth Century buildings added to Bristol’s Local List: Local List - Eugene Street

19 Feb 2019

Striking Twentieth Century buildings added to Bristol’s Local List

The Purdown BT Tower and the Brabazon Hangar at Filton are among the latest buildings to be placed on a register which provides extra recognition in the planning process.

Bristol City Council has published the latest additions to the city’s Local List of valued buildings. It recognises buildings and monuments not already listed, to preserve their quality, style or historical importance.

This year’s list focused on the important architectural monuments of the Twentieth Century.

Entries were nominated by members of the public and assessed by an independent panel. 28 buildings have been recognised.

Cllr Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Spatial Planning and City Design, said: “This year’s focus on the Twentieth Century sees a number of buildings added to the list that challenge traditional ideas of what historic monuments look like. Nevertheless these buildings have a strong architectural importance, or social significance, that express the attitudes and beliefs of people in the era they were built.

“It’s a challenge to focus on modern buildings, many built within our lifetimes, as heritage, but it’s important to protect the achievements of recent generations, so they might be appreciated and enjoyed by those in the future. Bristol is now leading the way nationally in protecting and managing appropriate change in these buildings.”       

There is a growing appreciation of high quality modern buildings and an increasing awareness that many are being lost around the UK. In many instances new research has revealed the newly added buildings to have an important place in Bristol’s social and architectural history.

Among the buildings now recognised are a number of social housing projects built by the council, including industrial housing in Mina Road, 1930s flats in Eugene Street, and parts of Redcliffe estate, which were among the most revolutionary in the country at the time.

A marked increase in health and leisure time in the 1930s is reflected in the addition of the Art Deco Central Health Clinic in St Philips, Jubilee Pool in Knowle, and Broadmead’s Art Deco Odeon cinema. Four bold and experimental post-war churches also find themselves on the Local List, each one expressing the optimism of their age.  

News of the latest additions to the list has been welcomed by the Twentieth Century Society.

Bob Hardcastle, Chairman, c20 West Group, said: "The Twentieth Century Society welcomes Bristol City Council's outstanding work in recognising the importance of iconic 20th century buildings in the city by adding them to their Local List.  

“We hope that future generations of Bristolians and others will value and preserve these buildings due to their importance in the ongoing development of the city.”

By far the largest building on the Local List is now the Brabazon Hangar at Filton. Turned down for national designation in 2011 the building’s connections with both the pioneering Brabazon project, and Concord, make it a proud and historic landmark for the people of Bristol.