1st Edition

New Design for Old Buildings

By Roger Hunt, Iain Boyd Copyright 2018
    272 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    This book is a celebration of good new design for old buildings and the SPAB philosophy that good new architecture can sit happily alongside old and is preferable to pastiche. Endorsing the value of architects who are engaged to work in the historic environment, this book explores design, materials and technical considerations in creating the best low energy, ecological and sustainable retrofits. It has never been more important to understand how old buildings can be adapted to make them useful and sustainable in the future. Showcasing the best examples of imaginative design and best practice, this book illustrates how old buildings can be made sustainable through the best new design and puts these design exemplars into a historical and philosophical context. With illustrative case studies and interviews throughout, including formal buildings, churches, domestic buildings, commercial, industrial and agricultural from all periods in the UK, New Design for Old Buildings provides essential guidance on good, imaginative new design for old buildings.

    1. Embracing Good Design  2. Starting Points  3. Considerations for Success  4. Material Facts  5. Forms of Adaptation  6. Interiors  7. Fit for the Future


    Roger Hunt is an award-winning writer and blogger specialising in sustainability, old houses, house-building and traditional and modern building materials. Roger regularly lectures and speaks at shows and events and is on the editorial board of The SPAB Magazine.

    Iain Boyd is a Trustee of the SPAB and of ICON (The Institute of Conservation). Formerly involved in advertising, television production and financial publishing, Iain switched his attention to his love of old buildings in 2007. He holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Conservation of the Historic Environment.