Judge Business School, Cambridge (Grade II*)

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In the 1990s, a competition was held to convert the former Addenbrooke’s hospital on Trumpington Street into a business school that would be ambitious and eye-catching. John Outram won the competition. His alterations and extensions are highly creative and inventive in the handling of colour, pattern, scale and detail.

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McKay trading estate, Blackthorne Road, Slough (Grade II)

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This was the first independent commission, completed over 1976-78, for the architect John Outram, who is considered to be an important voice in late 20th-century British architecture. The building is characterised by the arches on its facades, divided by brick piers with cast concrete capitals. The three separate parts of the site: the building, forecourt and car parking define the space and represent an urban piazza, and along with the arcading of the façades, underline Outram’s evocation of traditional European squares.

105-123 St Mark’s Road, Kensington, London (Grade II)

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These terraces were designed by Jeremy and Fenella Dixon and built between 1977 and 1979. From the outset the scheme was recognised as an innovative reinterpretation of terraced housing. With its multicoloured brick elevations and lower ground floors set behind front areas and boundary walls, the houses echo the designs of their 19th-century neighbours. It is a successful example of postmodernist architecture engaging with urban and historical context and drawing in modern as well as historical motifs.

Hillingdon civic centre, Uxbridge, London (Grade II)

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Built between 1973 and 1979 by one of the foremost postwar architectural practices, Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall, it is an example of postmodernism that creatively reinterprets the arts and crafts tradition. It was seen by some as a betrayal of modernism. Derbyshire took a modern office building and gave it an exterior that revived arts and crafts forms with traditional brickwork detail. In doing so, the building marked the emergence of a new architectural mood.

Cascades, Isle of Dogs, London (Grade II)

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Built in 1987-88, Cascades was designed by Rex Wilkinson, a partner in the celebrated architectural firm CZWG. His design fuses references to heavy industry and nautical elements: the coal-conveyor at Deptford provides the form for the building and the exterior features porthole windows, crows’ nests and funnels in allusion to the Docklands setting.

London

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Despite its high living and rent costs, London pips Montréal for 2018’s most desirable student city. Culture, career opportunities and several top universities are to credit for London’s top ranking. According to a study by London & Partners, 41% of the city’s student population are international students.

Consett, County Durham

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This seven-bedroom property at Shotley Bridge, which adjoins Consett, comes with 7.6 acres of land next to the Derwent river, complete with fishing rights. The two-bed, two-storey annexe is attached – and accessible – via the main house. The house sports a kitchen, large living room and study/lounge on the ground floor, with two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first. Derwent Lodge is grandly decorated and has five reception rooms. You would need a large family not to rattle around in this pile. Or maybe two grandparents?

Horsington, Lincolnshire

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A family home in a quiet rural location, Furze Cottage is a substantial red-brick property with a detached two-bed annexe close to Woodhall Spa. The main house sits in 1.3 acres of gardens and meadowland, and has four bedrooms and four reception rooms, complete with features including exposed ceiling timbers and an inglenook fireplace. The annexe cottage, now let as a holiday home, has its own entrance, an open-plan lounge/kitchen and a bathroom sporting a proper bath. There’s even a small enclosed garden.