Controversial Peterlee artwork gets listed building status

The Apollo Pavilion on the Sunny Blunts estate in Peterlee, which has just undergone a �400,000 revamp.

The Apollo Pavilion on the Sunny Blunts estate in Peterlee, which has just undergone a �400,000 revamp.

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AN ARTWORK which divided its community has been granted Grade II listed building status.

Victor Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion was created in the Sunny Blunts area of Peterlee as a symbol of the new town’s design and took its name from the space mission to land on the moon.

In recent years it has been restored to its original state, with recognition of its place in the architectural world now made through the new status.

The successful application for listed building status was submitted by the Apollo Pavilion Community Association (APCA) with assistance from John and Karen Topping, members of The Twentieth Century Society.

APCA works closely with Durham County Council to ensure the pavilion plays a pivotal role in the community.

David Taylor-Gooby, chair of the APCA, said: “This really is a great achievement for everybody who worked tirelessly to help secure the Pavilion’s restoration but also a proud moment in the recent history of Peterlee as a town.”

Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said the announcement “gives the final seal of recognition” to Apollo’s “importance both historically and culturally”.