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Two petrol stations in the UK have been given listed building status by English Heritage, the organisation that protects and oversees historic buildings in England.
The Esso garage on the A6 in Birstall, Leicestershire has been added to the English Heritage list – now classified as a grade II listed building – while the Markham Moor fuel station on the A1 has also been granted heritage status.
Both buildings are known for their architectural innovations and were built in the 1960s.
The Esso garage was designed by American architect Elliot Noyes and employs six circular canopies covering the forecourt.
According to English Heritage architectural historian, John Minnis, “As far as we know, this filling station is the last of its kind left in the country.
“The sort of canopies you get now are big and flat and quite high up. That started when filling stations started to go over to self service, because it was important to keep customers dry.”
The design was commissioned by oil company giant Mobil (now ExxonMobil) in 1964 to produce an instantly recognisable structure that could be used all over the world.
The Markham Moor filling station on the A1 in Nottinghamshire was also honoured for its advanced architecture – notably its “hyperbolic paraboloid” curving concrete roof structure – designed by British architect Sam Scorer.
The roof uses the same construction techniques employed in the Sydney Opera House and is one of only a few structures of its type to survive in the UK.
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