Kevin McCloud to Host New SPB Heritage Awards Celebrating Craftspeople

Tudor house and roof - New SPB Heritage Awards

TELEVISION PRESENTER Kevin McCloud will host the SPAB Heritage Awards that celebrate historic buildings and those that look after them at a London event this November.

The newly-launched SPAB Heritage Awards scheme championing built heritage is open to entrants from UK and Ireland. Entries are invited now for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) brand new Building Craftsperson of the Year Award.

Kevin McCloud says: “These awards celebrate excellence in everything I hold dear: conservation, intelligent design, sustainability and craftsmanship. The appeal of ancient buildings and places is a strong and undeniable force. It connects us to our past, points us to our future and helps us understand the value of our built and natural environments. In turn, these are powerful tools in helping us tackle the big new societal challenges of climate change, sustainability and energy efficiency. Now more than ever we need wisdom, clarity and the long view, qualities abounding within the SPAB.”

New SPAB Heritage Awards

This new award aims to recognise the best up-and-coming craftspeople working with traditional materials and old buildings in the UK and Ireland. The award is open to craftspeople and builders under the age of 30 years old or craftspeople and builders of any age who are new to their trade, following a career move.

You can put yourself forward or nominate a friend or colleague. Visit the SPAB Heritage Awards webpage for more information.

Best Heritage Craftspeople

The SPAB champions the contribution that craftspeople and specialist builders make to the heritage sector. This award celebrates excellence in craft skills, whether that’s exemplified by someone working in traditional forms of construction, such as a bricklayer, conservation builder, or glazier, or in a related skills area, such as sign writing, wallpaper printing, clock making.

Alongside the Building Craftsperson of the Year Award, the SPAB Heritage Awards also includes:

The Best Loved Award is for the buildings that have been kept in good repair, that are well-maintained and loved by the community and their owner. This award not only recognises the building itself but also the owners, managers, professionals, practitioners and volunteers involved in carrying out regular maintenance and looking after the building. There is a public building and a private building category. The final winners of the SPAB Heritage Best Loved Award will be voted for by the public.

The John Betjeman Award celebrates excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations and faiths. The award is given for repair projects at historic faith buildings (such as churches, chapels, meeting houses, synagogues, mosques, temples) which remain in use for worship. Cathedrals of any denomination are not eligible. Projects can be of any scale but must be for a specific part of the building’s fabric or a significant element of its fittings or furnishings, rather than a general programme of works. Projects must have been carried out within the previous two years.

The Sustainable Heritage Award celebrates projects that take a ‘whole building’ approach when tackling sustainability. Winning projects will showcase best practice in sympathetic repair of historic fabric; good new design in historic context; and the sensitive use of appropriate materials and techniques to upgrade or improve a building.

The Philip Webb Award is a design competition that asks entrants 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 is open to recent Part II graduates and current Part II students from Schools of Architecture in the UK and Ireland.

The closing date for applications is 28 March 2022.

Entries will be judged by a selection of specialists working across the building conservation sector. Winners will receive their award at an event at Conway Hall in London, the atmospheric 1920s headquarters of the Ethical Society.

The SPAB has agreed headline sponsorship of the SPAB Heritage Awards from Storm Bespoke Secondary Glazing, a company the SPAB has worked with for 15 years. Terra Measurement, a surveying, measurement and engineering services company, sponsors the Philip Webb Award.

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