Rehabilitation & Conservation Award

For projects which promote the conservation and rehabilitation of historic building/s towards its adaptive reuse. Each nomination should show that through sensitive interventions, the historical integrity of the building and the legibility of its original design are enhanced. The project needs to clearly highlight how the adaptive reuse of the existing building/s was carried out and what interventions were made for the property to meet contemporary requirements while retaining its historic character.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Submissions can only be made by a local warranted Perit or a practicing firm of architects;
  • The projects must have been approved by the Planning Authority after the 1st January 2018 and carried out, completed and commissioned by the end of December 2023.
  • *All projects that were granted a permit prior to the 1st of January 2018 but benefitted from the 2-year permit extension during covid are also eligible to be submitted.

Compulsory Entry Requirements

• An abstract of the project describing the design concept intention, also supported by a statement outlining the purpose for which the project is intended and why the project is being submitted as an entry for the particular selected category.
• Entries should submit an approved Restoration Method Statement and any ensuing addenda;
• Summary of the adaptive reuse and what interventions were carried out to the building;
• Documentation from the project lifespan showing a sound understanding of the history of the building, what conservation materials and technologies were utilised, and the different specialisations involved;
• What clear measures were taken to reduce the project’s overall environmental impact and how well were these measures carried out.
• Photos of the building in its wider context, showing how the project has positively contributed to its surroundings (before and after). Aerial photos will be considered an asset;
• Photos of the completed project.

Judging Criteria

  • Form: Did the rehabilitation/conservation project through its materiality, shape and detailing, retain and complement, the original building?
  • Function: Is the present use of the building compatible with the history, form and fabric of the original building? Following the completion of the project, is the rehabilitated building working well for its present use?
  • Authenticity and integrity: Did the intervention/s carried out in this project respect, or complement, the building authenticity and integrity? Have works respected conservation ethics, values, and conservation principles?
  • Impact: Did the rehabilitation/conservation project allow the building to positively impact its physical context and respond better in its relationship to its surroundings? and has the project, including the reconstruction of missing features, and/or new additions on the whole building achieved a long-term positive aesthetic impact?
  • Methodology and materials: Have the methodology and materials chosen adhere to the principles of compatibility and reversibility? Is there sufficient evidence of background research, diagnosis and documentation? While respecting traditional materials and techniques has there been an effort to combine these with a fresh approach including more innovative, but still ethically sound methods?