Restoration Award

For projects where the primary focus was to restore/conserve and preserve the authenticity of a building/monument’s character, historic periods, its features and materials.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Submissions can only be made by a local warranted Perit or a practising firm of architects;
  • The projects must have been approved by the Planning Authority after the 1st January 2018 and restored, 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 also supported by a statement outlining the purpose for which the project is intended;
• Entries should submit an approved Restoration Method Statement (RMS) and any ensuing addenda;
• If the project includes the reconstruction of missing features, sources documenting the property’s historic appearance with details of the features concerned (where possible) should be provided unless done so in the RMS;
• Documentation from the project lifespan showing what conservation materials and technologies were utilised, and the different specialisations involved;
• What measures were taken to reduce the project’s overall environmental impact and how well these measures carried out;
• Photos of the monument or 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, including details.

Judging Criteria

  • Form: Did the restoration project through its materiality, shape and detailing, retain or complement, the original building/monument?
  • Function: Following the completion of the project, is the rehabilitated building still working well for its intended use? If a new use has been proposed, is this compatible and sustainable?
  • Authenticity and integrity: Did the intervention/s carried out in this project respect, or complement, the building/monument’s authenticity and integrity? Have works respected conservation ethics, values, and conservation principles?
  • Impact: Is the restoration project sensitive to its context and its surroundings, with a positive impact on its users and the public at large? Is the aesthetic impact of the project, inlcuding the reconstruction of missing features, and/or new additions on the whole building/monument a positive one??
  • Methodology and materials: Have the methodology and materials chosen observed the principles of compatibility and reversibility? Is there sufficient evidence of background research, diagnosis and documentation? Has respect of traditional materials and techniques been sympathetically combined with a fresh approach including more innovative, but still ethically sound methods?