The fate of yet another Birmingham building designed by John Madin appears to have been sealed.
Chamber of Commerce House, in Edgbaston, has been granted a Certificate of Immunity from Listing (CoI) by the Government.
Listed status offers buildings an extra level of protection and, although they can still be altered or even demolished, extra regulation exists and additional criteria must be met before work can commence.
But the decree for Chamber of Commerce House means it cannot be listed for a period five years, making the site in Harborne Road far more appealing to property developers which may wish to demolish it to make way for modern office or residential accommodation.
The Post reported in April that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport was considering an application for a CoI, taking representations on whether it should grant the certificate.
It said in a statement: "Having considered advice from Historic England, it has been decided that the Chamber of Commerce does not possess the special architectural or historic interest to merit listing and a Certificate of Immunity has been issued."
Chamber of Commerce House, which is on the historic Calthorpe Estate, was completed in 1960.
It is still owned by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and provides a head office for the business lobbying body.
Issuing of the CoI will be another blow to fans of John Madin's work in the city as many of the properties designed by his practice in the mid-20th century have either fallen into a state of disrepair or been knocked down (see grid below for more Madin stories).
Most famously, Central Library, which received its own CoI in 2011, is part-way through being demolished for the £500 million Paradise development in Chamberlain Square.
Last month, a clean split (above) was created through the middle of the library, meaning a direct view between the Council House and Centenary Square could be seen for the first time in over four decades.