Hot on the heels of applications to Historic England for The Point to be granted listed status, owner Hammerson hit back and filed for a Certificate of Immunity. The certificate would provide a legal guarantee that The Point would not be considered for designation as a building of special architectural or historic interest (listed status).
Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) writing on behalf of Hammerson believed that The Point was “of its time” and went on to say:
“The building is not an important example of cinema architecture … The architectural quality of the ziggurat is not outstanding.”NLP, 22 Jul 2013
Sadly Historic England agreed, and duly granted the requested Certificate of Immunity.
These documents were made available by Historic England (HE) via a Freedom of Information request submitted on 28th September 2020. Other attempts at listed status are also available for download.