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MRH site 6th best in world for design

04 May, 2016
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A site owned by Top 50 Indie MRH has been named as the sixth best forecourt design in the world. The accolade was awarded by London-based DesignCurial magazine, which drew up a top 10 of the world's best forecourt designs.

MRH St Paul's, in Birstall, Leicestershire, was ranked sixth, and was the only UK site to make the list.

The site, which features round parasol canopies above its pumps, was listed by English Heritage in 2012. It was designed in the 1960s by American architect Eliot Noyes and completed in 1978.

The authors of the top ten said: "It was remarkable to become a listed building as the strict criteria require significant architectural or historic significance to even be considered."

The site was built by Mobil and the design was used on a number of fuel stations in the US and UK, but the one in Birstall is believed to be the last of its kind still standing in the UK. In its report DesignCurial used an old picture of the site from when it was branded Esso, but it has since been rebranded as BP with a Hursts shop. John Lynn, managing director of MRH, said: "We are aware that MRH St Pauls is an iconic station and has listed status. The station is currently branded BP but the design originates from Mobil Oil in the '60s and '70s." In first place was Pops Arcadia on Route 66 in Oklahoma, US, which has a 66ft-tall soda bottle in front.





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