Author: CHB

A Renewed West Entrance to St Peter Mancroft, Norwich – by Jane Kennedy, Partner at Purcell

In 1994 a devastating fire destroyed Norwich City Library, one of a group of civic buildings which, including the fine City Hall, Medieval guildhall and the great parish church of St Peter Mancroft, look over the Market Place to the Norman Castle beyond. The city was fortunate in planning the replacement library. The chosen architect was Michael Hopkins and his brick and glass ‘Forum’ contains a library, tourist information centre, community space, cafes and TV studios. It is a popular venue with a large open air gathering space, the Millennium Plain, running down the hill to the west tower...

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Heritage at Risk – Three of the Victorian Society’s latest endangered buildings

Dover Town Hall upgraded to Grade I listing Maison Dieu, also known as Dover Town Hall, hasbeen upgraded from Grade II* to Grade I listing on Historic England’s recommendation. The Department for Culture Media and Sport made the decision, supported by the Victorian Society, to upgrade the 800 year old building’s listing following two years of research into its history which revealed hidden decorative work by Victorian architect William Burges. Originally a Medieval hospital offering shelter to pilgrims heading to Canterbury Cathedral, the building in Dover, south east Kent, was extensively remodelled in the late nineteenth century by Burges,...

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Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Thames Ditton – by Brian Quinn RIBA CA

The church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton, is located in the shadow of Hampton Court Palace in south west London. Since 2010 the parish has been considering how best to renovate side chapels to provide a more prayerful and fitting space for the Reserved Sacrament and for the Marian shrine. In 2012, I was appointed to provide liturgical expertise and prepare proposals for consideration. The lofty strong circular concrete building dates from 1962 and accommodates a congregation of approximately three hundred and fifty. The original design was confident, of its time, and anticipated many of the liturgical...

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Elemental Living: Contemporary Houses in Nature, by Phaidon Editors (Author), Joost Grootens (Designer)

Elemental Living presents 60 works of architecture from across the 20th and 21st centuries that have a special relationship with the natural world. The book includes a visually breathtaking selection of architect-created houses that have been designed to create unparalleled views of a wide variety of natural landscapes; designed to be almost indistinguishable from the natural landscape; or designed using materials and forms found in the natural landscape. Each house demonstrates a deep concern with the creation of unique living spaces that connect their inhabitants with the forests, mountains, lakes, deserts, and oceans that have attracted humanity for millennia....

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SAVE campaign success: Competition launched to transform Perth City Hall into an arts centre

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has launched an international competition to transform Perth City Hall into a visual arts centre, hopefully securing the building’s future. The news comes three years since the Category B listed hall in central Scotland was slated for demolition, for replacement with landscaped open space. SAVE described the proposed demolition, back in 2014, as civic vandalism and strongly argued that the building was a major asset to the city, clearly capable of reuse and restoration. Following significant objections and public outcry the plans were scrapped, and Perth and Kinross Council accepted that...

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