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Call for people to name their favourite Cambridge buildings of the last 50 years

News release from 11/12/2018

NOMINATIONS are being invited for the best buildings in central Cambridge.

The call comes as part of a planned celebration to mark 50 years since the central area of the city was made a conservation area of special architectural and historic interest in 1969.

Conservation area status means that any development has to “preserve or enhance the character or appearance” of the area. 

With the whole of the central Cambridge conservation area to choose from, people are being invited to select their favourite new, refurbished, extended or conserved buildings in the city centre. Any project completed since 1969 is eligible.

The most popular nominations will be shortlisted and representatives from the council and Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry will choose an overall winner.

The winning building will be named on 27 February at a special event at the Guildhall to mark the conservation area’s 50th birthday.

Anyone who would like to take part should send a photograph of their chosen building with the reason for their choice, by email to: or by post to the Conservation Team, Planning Services, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

The closing date for entries is 31 December.

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, said: “Cambridge is a wonderful city with a global profile and we work hard to make sure that new development is completed to high standards of design that enhance the city.

“Over its 50 years the conservation area has seen many new and refurbished buildings and it is a good time to reflect on how it has helped to keep the city centre a special place.”

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