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11th October, 2004


Monday 10:44

Heritage Minister Andrew McIntosh today announced plans to list a unique seaside structure in Bournemouth, Dorset. Built for the Festival of Britain, the Neck Building at Boscombe Pier dates from 1958-60 and is comprised of four little kiosks at esplanade level, set at an angle on either side of the pier entrance. The complete structure, which also features glazed shelters and some lavatories, is set under a floating canopy formed of thin concrete slab, and is supported on concrete piers and a bastion of rough natural stone.

Heritage Minister Andrew McIntosh said:

"The Neck Building at Boscombe Pier is a rarity amongst municipal entertainment structures of the period. It was designed with real conviction and flare. The vivacity of this structure clearly illustrates the revitalization of the British Seaside Resort in the 1950's."

The preliminary decision to list the structure was taken on the advice of English Heritage and CABE. When assessing a building for listing, the only factors which the Government's statutory advisers and the Secretary of State can take into account is whether it possesses special architectural or historic interest. The structure's state of repair (unless it has harmed the architectural or historic interest), or any planning proposals are not relevant to the assessment of a building's qualification for listing.

Since 1995 the Government has publicly consulted on most plans to list post-war structures. Local people and interest groups now have the chance to tell the Minister whether they believe that the Neck Building merits the extra protection that listing provides.

The public consultation period will last for two weeks. The public and other interested parties are therefore invited to forward their views to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport by 24 October 2004. These should be sent to:

Elaine Pearce Historic Environment Designation Branch Department for Culture, Media and Sport 2-4 Cockspur Street London SW1Y 5DH

This only relates to the Neck Building at the entrance to Boscombe Pier. The Pier itself is not being considered for listing, and is therefore not included in this exercise.

Notes to Editors

1. The main purpose of listing a building is to ensure that care will be taken over decisions affecting its future, that any alterations respect the particular character and interest of the building, and that the case for its preservation is taken fully into account in considering the merits of any redevelopment proposals.

2. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (then known as the Department of National Heritage) announced in March 1995 that there would be public consultation on recommendations for listing arising from English Heritage's thematic studies of post-war and other building types. In August 1995 the Department announced that the consultation procedure would be extended to proposals to spot-list individual post-war buildings. However, the Secretary of State may take action to list a building at any time on the basis of information before her if she considers it to be under threat of alteration or demolition.

3. Further details of English Heritage's recommendations can be obtained from Historic Environment Designation Branch, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5DH.

4. The criteria for listing are set out in Section 6 of Planning Policy Guidance Note 15: Planning and the Historic Environment (PPG15). This can be found on this web page:

Public Enquiries: 020 7211 6200 Internet:

Department for Culture, Media and Sport 2-4 Cockspur Street London SW1Y 5DH

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