This year, joint first prize went to two schemes which reintroduce semi-industrial uses to former manufactories, seeing the possibilities presented by challenging sites in an advanced state of dereliction. Taking inspiration from pottery techniques, Olivia Hellman (Sheffield) inserted an urban Dairy Factory in a former calcining mill at Middleport in Burslem, Stoke on Trent. Nikola Yanev (Sheffield) took a bold conceptual approach to using a Yorkshire textile site, Old Lane Mill in Halifax, to house an algae energy production plant and education centre.
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 graduates and current Part II students at UK Schools of Architecture.
In 2019 the judges were impressed by entrants’ appreciation of the special qualities and potential of relatively humble buildings or former industrial sites, and their concern for sustainability and community benefits. The award was judged at an assessment day in November and the winners are announced below.
The entry period for the 2020 competition will open on 20 July 2020 and close at 5pm on 14 September 2020. Notes for Entrants and entry forms will be available shortly.