A previous edition of this page reported that Mr Hyams kept the Centre Point tower deliberately empty to reduce his tax bill. We acknowledge this is untrue and completely unfounded, and apologise to Mr Hyams for any distress or embarrassment this may have caused him.
In 1974 the empty building was occupied by a London School of Economics lecturer and his students who were protesting at homeless in London. The lecturer was Ken Livingstone, now Mayor of London.
Centre Point has been made a Grade 2 listed building by English Heritage thanks to its unique style.
The honey comb style concrete cladding is considered one of the best examples of concrete in a modern building in London.
Centre Point is infamous for having run under it what is regarded as one of the worst underpasses in the entire country and used by planning students nationwide as an example on how NOT to integrate a tower at street level.
In 2005 Centre Point was sold to property company Targetfollow but they have yet to have concrete plans on what they intend to do with the tower.