This is a very interesting article about Harry Hyams, the developer of Centre Point. It just shows that planning and development was just as controversial then as it is now. And just in the week there is new guidance about tall buildings in London.
The architect George Marsh, working with his colleague Richard Seifert, designed a 385ft, 35-floor tower of concrete and glass (which is now grade II listed), built at a cost of £5.5m over three years from 1963 to 1966. Hyams insisted that the building, one of London’s first skyscrapers, was to be let only to “a single tenant of undoubted covenant”. Partly as a result, it remained empty for the next 16 years, and Hyams was accused of purposely keeping the building empty, as the growth in its capital value was higher than the lost rent.