IHBC London Branch Conference launched and booking open: ‘Creative Conservation: Partnerships and Public Value’, 4 Oct – Places limited and values high!

buildingThe IHBC’s London Branch has launched another salvo in its renowned series of IHBC CPD-led conservation conferences, as it explores ‘Creative Conservation: Partnerships and Public Value’ at the Royal College of Physicians, on Thursday 4 October, with leading speakers and unequalled debate.

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘The IHBC’s London Branch theme of creativity in conservation focusses on one of our discipline’s most under-valued contributions to modern culture as a whole.’

‘As conservation practitioners, we should never forget that creative conservation extends from before Michelangelo’s Basilica of Sta. Maria degli Angeli – a Christian church integrated into Roman Baths – to Sir Patrick Geddes’ place-based work in Edinburgh, and on to the diverse contributions of modern conservation philosophies seen so well in the partnership between Julian Harrap and David Chipperfield at the Neues Museum.’

‘Across these hugely diverse approaches to places and how people can occupy and use them – efficiently and with imagination – conservation thinking and practice has been fundamental.  Indeed, as here, it has underpinned some of the most substantial – even majestic – creations from which the whole of mankind can benefit.’

‘And such thinking usually leads to cheaper and more cost effective outcomes too, as well as being richer in culture and meaning’.

IHBC London Branch writes:

It is claimed in some quarters that the conservation battle has been won. Exemplary developments such as those at Kings Cross show how a conservation-led approach can bring both private and public benefits. But this is no reason to sit on our heritage laurels. There are still many who are sceptical about the value of the historic built environment. Our challenges range from continuing austerity, the disposal of public assets to the pressure for more housing.

How are we adapting and changing to meet these challenges, and what creative means are there to keep our profession at the forefront of protection of the historic environment? In this, the fourteenth of IHBC’s London Conferences, we will be looking at how national organisations such as Historic England and the National Trust are modernising their agendas; how funding bodies are responding to needs in the third sector and how we can do more to promote the sector.

A series of case studies will include how imaginative architectural solutions can increase density while protecting heritage assets, together with innovative ways of re-using Assets of Community Value.

This conference will be of relevance to conservation officers and other heritage professionals, town planners, urban designers, engineers, surveyors, architects and archaeologists, and as usual we intend the presentations to bear of nationwide interest, not solely London-focused.

For more on the conference and to book see creativeconservation.ihbc.org.uk

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