English Heritage announce its decision to refuse to list the Brunel Building, on the grounds that “… despite having historical interest through its association with the unfinished and unsuccessful South Devon Atmospheric Railway, the building has experienced considerable alteration since it was first erected [and this] has compromised the integrity of the building and thus much of its context as an industrial building”.

Jeremy Clarkson writes “Dairy Crest is a jolly big and important company, I’m sure. But its chilled products will never worm their way into the fabric of Britain quite like Isambard Kingdom Brunel did. I urge them therefore to think again”.

Shadow Arts Minister Ed Vaizey MP writes “this is a shocking act of cultural vandalism. This is one of just three unique pumping stations, built by the country’s greatest engineer, and it should be listed and preserved”