London Tower Block Metro Central Heights given Listed Building Status
Built between 1959 and 1967, Metro Central Heights as it’s now called was originally called Alexander Fleming House and was occupied by the Ministry of Health (now called the Department for Health and Social Security) until they moved out in 1990.
Designed by renowned Hungarian born modern Architect Arno Goldfinger, the building is located on the busy Newington Causeway stretch at Elephant and Castle, also famous for worldwide club chain The Ministry of Sound.
It was saved from being demolished in 1990 and developed into residential apartments in 1997 by established UK builder St George (part of the Berkley Homes Group).
The buildings have divided public opinion over the year with regards to their design, however of the 9th July 2013 it became a listed building when Minister for Culture MP Ed Vaizey accepted Engligh Heritage’s proposal that it should be listed at Grade II.
The map of Metro Central Heights (from London Agent My London Home)
The buildings are made up from over 400 apartments ranging from Studio Flats to 3 bedroom flats, which are hugely popular with young, professional tenants likely attracted by the 24 hour concierge, Gym, swimming pool, underground parking and central piazza with Koi Carp filled fish-ponds. Usefully it’s in Zone 1, meaning lower cost annual travel-card costs for Central London and City workers.
Prices start at around £170,000 for a studio flat, to £500,000 for a standard 3 bedroom flat. Properties with a view of the City (The West and North Blocks) can command higher sale prices.
Metro Central Heights is popular with Landlords as rental demand for the complex is very strong.