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Victorian Society launches Birmingham & West Midlands conservation award

The award is intended to draw attention to the high quality conservation work done by architects and other groups across the region.

The Victorian Society has launched a new conservation award for the best work carried out to Victorian and Edwardian buildings in Birmingham and the West Midlands. It is hoped that the award will help draw attention to the high quality conservation work done by architects and other groups across the region. Nominations can be submitted via the Society’s website until December with the winner announced in February 2016.

 The new award was announced at Wednesday’s AGM of the Victorian Society’s Birmingham and West Midlands group. Until 31 December 2015 conservation projects on buildings originally built, or substantially altered, between 1837 and 1914 can be nominated via a form available on the Society’s website. Entries will be judged on the care taken to retain the building’s original fabric, conservation of fragile aspects and careful adaption to meet current needs for re-use of the building.

Stephen Hartland, Chair of the Victorian Society’s Birmingham & West Midlands Group, said: ‘We want to counter the impression that the Society is only involved when things go wrong and buildings are threatened. We know that a huge amount of high quality conservation work goes on in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Hopefully, this new conservation award will help draw attention to this good work and the region’s architectural gems.’

A shortlist of the nominations will be released in January 2016 with the overall winner announced at group’s February 2016 AGM. The winner will receive a 15 inch bronze disc recording their name and the year for display on or in the building and a certificate.

Thursday 12 February, 2015

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