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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Some absolutely fantastic post war buildings have just received their Grade II listing

The hanging gardens of Basingstoke is such a fantastic description of Mountbatten House.  Somehow I always think it looks wrong – as if nature is encroaching on the concrete jungle.  As for 30 Cannon Street, that has always struck me as a ‘flight of fancy’ – or something from a cartoon – driving up Cannon Street.  Fantastic!  All built in the late 1960s and the 1970s – in a way, it is amazing that any are still standing given ‘concrete cancer’ and general buidling techniques in the day.

Alpha Tower in Birmingham is also great isn’t it?  A mad, modernist sail-like block that looks as if it just shouldn’t be there! 

I hope that you enjoy the pictures as much as I did – really interesting stuff and great news that English Heritage is able to be so ‘un-stuffy’ and forward thinking in their assighments.  

I have struggled to give names and descriptions to the photos below, but they give you a flavour of the buildings - best thing to do is look online at: 

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