Hereford & Worcester

Austin House in Worcester given listed building status

The clock tower of the newly listed building, with the new police station in the background
Image caption The building was designed by Scottish architect John Carrick Stuart Soutar

A former car showroom and garage in Worcester, built in the 1930s, has been made a listed building.

The H A Saunders building in Castle Street was designed by Scottish architect John Carrick Stuart Soutar.

The building's clock tower is a distinctive landmark in the city.

Councillor David Wilkinson, from the city council, said: "The value of this building has long been recognised locally but it's very pleasing to see it getting national recognition."

The building, originally called Austin House, was designated a Grade II listed building as a result of an English Heritage project to assess the impact of the car on the historic environment.

It was built on the site of the county jail and is currently a furnishings shop.

English Heritage said the design drew inspiration from contemporary buildings across Europe such as Stockholm City Hall, Hilversum City Hall in the Netherlands, and Norwich City Hall.

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