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Public invited to event celebrating 50 years of city centre conservation area

News release from 21/02/2019

A PUBLIC event at The Guildhall later this month will mark the 50th anniversary of Cambridge’s historic city centre conservation area.

On Wednesday 27 February, Cambridge City Council, the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service and Cambridge Past, Present and Future are inviting the public to find out more about the conservation area which was first created in 1969, how the city centre has changed since then and possibilities for the future.

The event, which will be free to attend from 1pm-5pm with the option to stay for part or all of it, will feature stalls, artwork and displays including from the Cambridgeshire Collection of local historical artefacts, from artists, local architects, students and other organisations.

There will be also be talks from Quinton Carroll, County Archaeologist and John Neale, Regional Director of Historic England about recent developments in the conservation area and from Steven Bee of the Historic Towns and Villages Forum.

The event will be followed by an evening event for invitees featuring further talks and presentations, at which the winning building of a poll to discover Cambridge city centre’s favourite new, refurbished, extended or conserved building of the last half century will be announced.

Nominations were invited for the best buildings in central Cambridge last December with projects since 1969 eligible.

The most popular nominations have been shortlisted and representatives from the council and Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry will choose an overall winner on 27 February.

The six buildings on the shortlist are:

  • Howard Buildings, Downing College
  • Judge Business School, Trumpington Street
  • Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street
  • Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall
  • Porters’ Lodge, Queens’ College
  • University of Cambridge Catholic Chaplaincy, Fisher Square

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, said: “Before the conservation area was first introduced in 1969, Cambridge’s historic city centre had been subject to many different pressures.

“Its introduction was recognition that the city centre was and remains a special area deserving of added protection for its architectural significance.

“The conservation area has helped preserve the character of the city even as it has changed and grown, and has helped ensure that new developments over the last half century have enhanced the city, for residents and visitors alike.”