View Full Version : Centre Point, London
September 15th, 2005, 03:31 PM
103 New Oxford Street, Central London
Architect: Sir Richard Seifert
Developer: Harry Hyams
One of London's very first tall buildings - and extremely controversial at the time - Centre Point stands at the eastern end of Oxford Street at the junction with Tottenham Court Road.
On completion, it proved unpopular and remained unlet for fifteen years. The construction cost was over £5 million.
In 1995, Centre Point was given grade II listed building status, meaning it is "of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve".
Often derided for its cramped, windswept, pedestrian-unfriendly base, there are rumoured to be plans for a makeover and refurbishment of the area, which could include new towers adjacent to it.
Centre Point is currently the 3rd tallest building in the West End (after the BT Tower, and Euston Tower) and shares the same architect as Tower 42.
September 15th, 2005, 04:46 PM
9/10.....i love centre point, it looks better in real life than it does in pics.
I dont like the base....but the tower is very nice, cosidering its a 1960's building
September 15th, 2005, 05:50 PM
Iconic and original, also something rather...warm about it, like it was from the Med..
September 15th, 2005, 05:53 PM
looks much better on these pics than it does for real. its a good design but the materials arent that nice and the base is truly disgusting.
September 15th, 2005, 06:11 PM
September 15th, 2005, 08:00 PM
It's alright on the skyline but as already mentioned that base is just horrific. In addition when i get lost in the West End it and the BT Tower act as great signposts :).
The Boy David
September 15th, 2005, 08:22 PM
Mmmmm - Centre Point is fabulous - one of my favourite 'Scrapers in London.
What I love about it most is that fact that it looks way taller than it actually is.
Yeah, the base is shite, but the rest of the tower is magic.
September 17th, 2005, 01:58 AM
Nice London scraper 9/10
September 19th, 2005, 09:10 PM
I love it, 9/10
September 23rd, 2005, 11:49 PM
I like it, and it's original, but not the greatest looking building ever. 7/10
September 24th, 2005, 04:35 PM
The first time I saw it when I was coming out of Tottenham Court Road station I was amazed by it and although it's a bit aged and not the best looker I still like it alot. 8/10
October 9th, 2005, 04:38 PM
Like everyone knows the base is shite but it has now become iconic of Oxford Street and is a treasure.
November 17th, 2005, 10:50 PM
xD I post a photo of this building in the UK UPC...:rofl:
November 18th, 2005, 11:42 PM
My favourite scraper from the 1960s
January 20th, 2006, 08:53 AM
Something about it in real life
Great views of much of London
October 20th, 2007, 08:25 PM
8/10...great proportions...interesting farcade...
February 26th, 2008, 01:46 AM
Despite the significance of this building, I hate it. I don't really know why I gave it a 6. I was obviously feeling generous that day. But it's a horrible brutalist block. Some post-war things were good in some sense,; the International Pool for example. But this just isn't.
Its AlL gUUd
February 26th, 2008, 02:02 AM
it looks great in person, you kind of feel in awe of it maybe cos it seems taller then it is. i really like it :yes:
8.5 but since there isnt that choice, ill give it an 8.
February 26th, 2008, 12:02 PM
Great detail, great presence, good landmark for the West End, a sixties block that has style.
February 26th, 2008, 02:34 PM
Beautiful, classy, interesting building. Its also very skinny, and that always makes buildings look so much taller! It looks bloody tall and I love it. 10/10.
February 26th, 2008, 02:50 PM
I really really like it, 8.
February 26th, 2008, 03:56 PM
Something I love about this tower, everytime im around tottenham court road/oxford street, always seem to stop among the crowds and jus stare for a few seconds like a tourist.
February 26th, 2008, 05:59 PM
February 26th, 2008, 06:03 PM
its makes a good anchor to pin point where you are :yes:
February 26th, 2008, 11:13 PM
I don't know why but it makes strange impression...in good way.
That's why 8/10
February 28th, 2008, 12:37 AM
I spent some months in London in a Working-holiday in 2000-2001. During my days-off I liked to walk along Oxford Street, starting at Marbel Arch and it always amazed me how Centre Point dominated the views even from far away...back then I didn't know its height (SSC didn't even exist for me those years).
Anyway, I remember how it took me a while to look up and reach its roof with my sight. I really believed this building was at least 180 m tall (for those who haven't seen it in real life, this building soar a lot). For me it's kind of shocking to know it is only 117 m. tall...still I love it! It brings me back some great memories.
March 2nd, 2008, 07:15 PM
Looks quite good and for a 67 scraper it looks modern.
It seems taller than 117m, i'd say 150m from what i've seen here.8/10
July 30th, 2008, 06:32 PM
Certainly novel project. Once. I was inside, apparently, passing time. But, full recognition. I am greeting.
August 3rd, 2008, 12:02 AM
Very good for a 60s building. Certainly one of the rare 60s skyscrapers worth preserving IMO. 7/10
August 12th, 2008, 12:58 AM
nice slim tower 7/10
January 25th, 2011, 05:08 PM
i love centre point and it always guides me if i'm lost. I don't get how it's under 400 foot, though? Looks at least 500!
Brave New World
December 7th, 2011, 02:48 PM
10/10 Absolutely fantastic. What is worrying me is the new station forecourt being built for Crossrail...
December 18th, 2011, 02:21 AM
Funny :) 7/10
August 7th, 2012, 09:49 PM