Caroe Architecture’s Nik Yanev has been awarded joint first place in this year’s Philip Webb Award run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, for his scheme which proposed a new and sustainable use for an abandoned industrial site in Halifax.
Nik’s project focuses on identifying a viable new use for abandoned heritage in order to secure its long term future and remove the risk of demolition, and the detrimental consequences of waste accumulation, disproportionate carbon emissions, embodied energy, and loss of local pride and identity. The current crisis of real estate provides an opportunity for heritage-at-risk buildings which are ‘already there’ to be carefully and creatively repurposed rather than making completely new speculative proposals. The Grade II* Old Lane Mill in Halifax can act as a catalyst to strengthen the local area’s identity and generate further economic and social benefits.
Congratulations to Nik for his well deserved success.
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