In 2016 the SPAB celebrated an architect closely associated with the Society – William Richard Lethaby. Educational charity UK Youth offered Lethaby’s country house, Avon Tyrrell, which it uses as an outdoor activity centre, as the live case study for this year’s competition. Joint first prize went to Bethan Watson of Cambridge University and Cristiano Lamarque of Oxford Brookes University for their carefully considered and well-presented schemes for the town of L'Aquila and the former monastery at Evora. Jordan Green and Rhys Waring were commended for their scheme for Avon Tyrrell.
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.
The 2020 award attracted a wealth of thoughtful, imaginative, ambitious and beautifully presented entries. Having considered all the 2020 submissions anonymously aganist the competition criteria, the judges have shortlisted seven schemes to explore in more depth with their designers at an assessment day on 3 November, which will be held online, given the continuing risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The results will be announced later in the year.
The shortlisted schemes are:
- 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