Philip Webb Award

Philip Webb Award

First awarded in 1993, the Philip Webb Award sets architects in the early stages of their career a demanding but exciting dual conservation and design challenge.

The brief is to devise a scheme which sympathetically revitalises a historic building for reuse through careful repair of existing fabric and a significant element of new construction in a contemporary design. It’s a unique opportunity for those interested in sustainability, the reuse of old buildings and in developing experience in conservation practice to engage with the SPAB’s principles and showcase their skills. The competition is open to recent Part II graduates and current Part II students at UK Schools of Architecture. 

Philip Webb Award 2020

This year's award attracted a wealth of thoughtful, imaginative, ambitious and beautifully presented entries.  After considering all the submissions anonymously aganist the competition criteria, the judges shortlisted seven schemes to explore in more depth with their designers at an assessment day in November, which was held online, given the continued risk posed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The shortlisted schemes were:

  • Justin Chung (Manchester) - Islanded: a Reimagined Factory (Dana Prison, Shrewsbury)
  • Jess Tyson (Nottingham) - Principles of Continuity: Nottingham Arts Centre (Guildhall & Fire Station)
  • Emma Halford (Cardiff) - Navigation Colliery: Craft, Care & Conservation (Crumlin, South Wales)
  • Megan Peeks (UWE, Bristol) - Koutoubia Hammam, Marrakech, Morocco
  • Sarah Edwards (Sheffield) - Institute of Care: a test bed for conservation & repair (Longton, Stoke on Trent)
  • Shelby Green (De Montford, Leicester) - Caelatura: Long Stairs, Nottingham 
  • Team entry (Birmingham City) - Moseley Street Baths, Balsall Heath, Birmingham by Rebecca Chim, Shannon Ciriaco, Frances Lacey, Annabel Linch, Huma Mahmood, Lechelle Ndlovu, James Timmins

Following a day of engaging presentations and fascinating discussion, the judges selected Jess Tyson's scheme for a new Nottingham Arts Centre as this year's winner.  Second prize was awarded to the team that set out proposals for the refurbishment, upgrading and extension of Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham.  Additionally, the judges commended Justin Chung for his reimagining of the former Dana Prison, Shrewsbury as a manufacturing hub for handcrafted ceramics, glass and textiles. See the acceptance speeches on the SPAB's YouTube.

Future awards

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the SPAB's 2020 awards, we are reviewing the timetable for the next round of awards.  Information about entry periods and deadlines, and other updates, will be posted here in due course.