Milton Keynes mall is listed

A shopping centre has joined stately homes as a listed building. The 1970s glass-and-steel Milton Keynes shopping centre, known as thecentre:mk, has been given Grade II status, meaning it is "nationally important and of special interest", according to English Heritage.

The Heritage minister, John Penrose, accepted that the building, opened in 1979, divided opinion, but said it had sufficient merits to be listed. The centre was the largest in the UK when it was built by the architects Derek Walker, Stuart Mosscrop and Chris Woodward. Many have derided the building, but it also won awards soon after it was unveiled to the public.