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|Post Office Tower Gets Stamp of Approval|
- Listed status for London landmark
THE BT Tower - still popularly known by its original name, the Post Office Tower - is to be handed Grade II Listed Status, English Heritage have announced.
The Tower, close to London's Euston Station, is one of the most recognisable landmarks on the city's skyline. Built in 1961, the 620 foot Post Office Tower's main function is as a communications mast but it also became a big tourist attraction as it was one of the few centre-of-town places from which to view London from above.
Sadly, the viewing gallery was closed in 1971 after a terrorist attack and the famous revolving restaurant shut up shop in 1980. The top floors of the tower are now used by BT for corporate entertainment purposes.
Grade II designation confers not just architectural status on the tower but also hard cash in the form of government grants for repairs.