Our award for excellence in conservation at places of worship of all denominations and faiths drew a range of impressive entries in the England & Wales category. We were especially pleased to see the United Reformed Church, and Methodist buildings, represented this year.
After helpful input from members, SPAB is reviewing its involvement with UCL surface coatings research. We are seeking to ensure traditional finishes are central to the study.
Despite the disruption caused by Covid-19 to its format this year, the SPAB’s Philip Webb Award drew a record-breaking number of entries, with 31 schemes received from individuals or teams who, between them, represent 19 schools of architecture across the UK.
Although we have not historically supported the use of colourless water-repellents on historic masonry, there is a new generation of ‘breathable’ products about which that we're increasingly being asked. This research will add to a wider body of evidence that will inform the SPAB’s position on these products.
Our event is going ahead this year, though with arrangements in place to ensure the safety of our volunteers, specialists and staff.
We have recently objected to an application for listed buildings consent to remove the late-Victorian bay windows in this medieval house in Gloucestershire. The proposal aims to restore the facade to its 17th-century appearance and we have always been opposed to the restoration of buildings to their original — or imagined original — form.