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Powell and Moya's Cripps building listed

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The Cripps building at St John’s College, Cambridge by modernist architects Peter Powell and Hidalgo Moya has been given Grade II* listing by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The decision was made on the advice of English Heritage and is supported by The Twentieth Century Society.

Constructed between 1964 and 1967, the building occupies an awkward site between the Grade I listed New Court and the Grade I listed 12th century School of Pythagoras.

The zig-sag plan concrete building contains accommodation based around eight staircases, with twelve penthouse studios with terraces at the top. Raised above the ground with a cloistered area underneath, the building was structurally innovative - a fact that contributed towards the decision to list it.

The building received a RIBA award in 1967 and a Civic Trust Award in 1968, with the Architects’ Journal describing it as ‘One of the largest and finest pieces of college development in Cambridge since the war.’

Powell and Moya are best known for the Churchill Gardens housing scheme in London and the Festival of Britain Skylon. A book has been commissioned to celebrate their work, authored by Kenneth Powell.

 

 

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