A Delicate Balance – Innovation & Conservation

Innovation and Conservation is the title of the free one-day conference in Brockley to mark 50 years of the Civic Amenities Act. The 1967 Civic Amenities Act was set out to protect buildings of special historic and architectural interest, and to prevent the aggressive demolition that was taking place at the time.

This is poignant as in Lewisham we need to get the balance right between respecting our history, our conservation areas and green space, and yet be innovative in the building homes we desperately need and commercial business units. We can be bold,  dynamic and innovative in our approach to place making and shaping, whilst being respectful to our heritage. 

I am looking forward to the Brockley Society’s Conference on Saturday 10 June 2017, 10am-4pm, at Prendergast Hilly Fields College, SE4 1LE. 

This is a free conference aimed at everyone who is interested in the buildings where they live. Please book your free ticket at the Brockley Society website, www.brockleysociety.org.uk or here


The Brockley Society have said, “Our keynote speakers are Laura Sandys, daughter of Duncan Sandys MP, who instigated the 1967 Civic Amenities Act; Duncan McCallum of Historic England; and Nicholas Boys-Smith of Create Streets. 

Case studies of local schemes will include: Rhys Cannon of Gruff; Jon Broome, a specialist in self-build; Charles Coull on a live-work studio featured on Channel 4; Murray Groves and Adriana Natcheva on timber-framed Cedar Mews; and Paul Russell on the children’s nursery in the former Welsh Chapel. An alumnus from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust will talk about their work supporting young architects. Also invited are Sarah Ernst of Architype and Thomas Ford, a local architects’ practice of national repute.

Sadly, Lewisham’s planners are not able to send a speaker but will provide material to explain the planning process in Lewisham, the policy position and type of services they offer to the public to help inform and improve applications.”

This will be a great and informative conference. If you have time please book to attend this free and come along to hear more about how we can conserve and be innovative. 

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