National expert wants to save Derby Assembly Rooms

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A leading architectural historian has told a national newspaper that Derby's Assembly Rooms is the "most important post-war building in the county".

Otto Saumarez Smith, assistant professor at the University of Warwick also added that it was a "relative rarity to have something of that calibre in a provincial city", according to a report in The Guardian.

The 1970s Brutalist-style building has attracted a great deal of attention from national architects and 20th century preservation and heritage groups since Derby City Council announced it wanted to demolish the Market Place venue.

Last month, planning councillors gave the plan to demolish the go-ahead once a redevelopment site for the plan is approved.

The building's future now rests with Government Minister for communities Robert Jenrick, who will decide whether the decision should be called in for further scrutiny.

Professor Saumarez Smith has been commenting on the plight of the Assembly

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