Tributes paid to Centre Point developer

Obituaries for the controversial property developer behind buildings including London's Centre Point tower feature in today's newspaper round-up.

An obituary in the Telegraph says that Harry Hyams, who has died aged 87, "was the developer of Centre Point, the central London office block which remained controversially unoccupied for many years after its completion in 1966". The piece says that in 1964 "Hyams was drawn briefly into the political world as an adviser to the housing minister Richard Crossman, who recorded in his diary that the young tycoon ‘with his millions in the bank, his house full of Rembrandts and Picassos’ was ‘trying to suggest socialist sympathies’."

An obituary on Hyams in the Guardian says that, "as recently as January 2015, Hyams was still using the law to assert his rights, when he objected to plans by the billionaire owner of the H&M fashion chain, Stefan Persson, to build a mansion next door to [Hyams' country home]. He argued that this would infringe his shooting rights."

The Times (subscription) reports that "Britain’s foremost black architect is tipped to win the most prestigious commission in the United States: designing President Obama’s official library". The paper says: "David Adjaye – the son of a Ghanaian diplomat, who has lived in Britain since he was nine — is one of three international architects on the seven-strong shortlist bidding to design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago."


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