SPAB Philip Webb Award 2012

Check out my winning  entry to this years Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Philip Webb Award Second prize winner Jonathan Shaw, of The University of Sheffield, impressed with an ambitious scheme for the former Crown Court building at the centre of Sheffield, abandoned since 1997.  His proposals included the demolition of the third of the building he deemed ‘beyond repair’ and part remodelling of the remaining structure with the insertion of new elements. Jonathan’s scheme would enable the building to serve the community again. He proposed that part of the building should be used for civic functions and should hold the existing Sheffield archives, archaeological collections and conservation facilities. Other parts would provide facilities for local groups, with a particular emphasis on ‘active’ archive research, with workshops, exhibition space, a reading room and self-contained residential units for researchers. The Judges praised Jonathan’s scheme for its complexity and meticulous presentation.