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RIBA Conservation Register

3 October 2017

We are pleased to announce that Alex Bell, one of DKA’s directors, has been added to the RIBA Conservation Register. Alex attended the recent 4-day course held in Bath which focused on the underlying principles of conservation theory and practical applications. This included an explanation of the ICOMOS principles, the methods one must use to consider the significance of a heritage asset and useful research techniques. It also covered the common causes of decay in old buildings and how it is best to approach repairs for a range of traditional materials. On the last day we visited Bath’s Octagon Chapel and Bath Abbey to learn about the Footprint Project.

The RIBA Conservation Register has three levels, with the highest two categories reserved for experienced conservation architects. Alex will enter the register as CR or Conservation Registrant, which demonstrates a good working knowledge of the key aspects of conservation, able to exercise judgement over the complexity of problems associated with old buildings.

DKA have worked on many listed buildings in the past and are currently refurbishing and extending Corsham Mansion House for Wiltshire Council. For this project DKA researched and compiled the Heritage Statement as part of the listed building application which was approved earlier this year. It is hoped Alex’s new knowledge will help this project through it next stages, as well as future commissions. Stewardship of our built heritage can often seem at odds with the need for re-use and adaptations to old buildings. If done carefully and respectfully there is no reason why innovative design cannot emerge from our familiar historic surroundings using traditional and contemporary building methods.