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Two Cambridge buildings added to England’s National Heritage List

By Ben Comber

Cambridge Judge Business School
Cambridge Judge Business School

Two post-modern Cambridge buildings are officially part of the country’s heritage after Historic England gave them grade II-listed status.

Historic England has added 16 Post-Modern buildings to the National Heritage List for England, and two of them are in Cambridge.

The buildings are listed under five categories: housing, education, civic, commercial and law. Both Cambridge buildings fall under education.

Judge Business School, the former Addenbrooke’s building that was converted in the 90s, was listed as “a remarkable piece of post-modern architecture and a new work that complements an existing listed building”.

Newnham College’s rare books library, built in 1981-82, is also grade II-listed and was described as “an intriguing building using red brick to allude to its Victorian surroundings”.

Post-Modern architecture emerged in the 70s, and Historic England has chosen the “best examples” for listing as it says the style “was an important strand of late 20th century architecture, but Post-Modern buildings can be vulnerable to change and loss”.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “Post-Modern architecture brought fun and colour to our streets. Housing schemes were enlivened with bold façades, a school technology building was decorated with columns designed as screws, a business park injected with glamour.

“These are scarce survivals of a really influential period of British architecture and these buildings deserve the protection that listing gives them.”


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