The SPAB’s Philip Webb Award_Entry period from July 19 to September 13, 2019

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The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is pleased to announce details of this year’s Philip Webb Award architectural competition, which is open to current Part II students at UK Schools of Architecture and recent graduates who completed their studies in 2017 or 2018.

The entry period will open on 19 July and close at 5pm on 13 September 2019. More details, Notes for Entrants and entry forms are available at:

Entrants are invited to devise a scheme which sympathetically revitalises a historic building of their choosing, which has decayed or been neglected, but which can be repaired and adapted for a new use. Schemes should incorporate both careful repair of existing fabric and a significant element of new construction in a contemporary design.

The competition will be judged by an expert panel of architects comprising:

  • Rebecca Harrison – of Harrison Brookes, whose Old Court House was longlisted for House of the Year 2018
  • Shahed Saleem – of Makespace, author of The British Mosque: an architectural and social history
  • Charles Wellingham – of Connolly Wellingham, SPAB Scholar and past winner of the Philip Webb Award

Contested Legacies: New Conversations – 2018 competition winners event

The winners of the 2018 Philip Webb Award will present their schemes and receive their prizes an evening event in London on 13 June 2019.

Speakers will be:

  • Chris Hamill (1st prize) on his scheme for Armagh Gaol, combining repair of the historic building with establishment of a craft skills centre on site, bringing together trainees from all parts of the community to work on temporary structures that could also form the basis of a permanent facility.
  • Rachael Moon (2nd prize) on her proposal to recast the former Pit Head Baths building at Chatterley Whitfield colliery as a spa and leisure facility for the local community.
  • Joe Copp (3rd prize) on for his leisure use concept for Bristol’s Floating Harbour, focusing on the fire damaged Bristol United Brewery Malthouse building.

More details and tickets are available now via the What’s On section of the SPAB website:

The SPAB and New Design for Old Buildings

The book New Design for Old Buildings [RIBA/SPAB 2017] co-authored by SPAB’s Chairman Iain Boyd and heritage and sustainability writer Roger Hunt remains available from bookshops, the RIBA, and the SPAB:

Details of 2019 Autumn Lecture series and other forthcoming SPAB events exploring New Design for Old Buildings – more information will be available soon at:

Featured image: 2018 1st prize winner Chris Hamill “Armagh Gaol”

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