Back to the Future: the next 50 years of Conservation Areas


In this, the 50th year since legislation was passed to allow the designation of conservation areas, it is appropriate for us to celebrate our achievements in establishing these areas as a key part of our historic environment. At the same time however, we should also be looking at what lessons we have learned over the years as well as challenging ourselves to consider what conservation areas are going to look like in the future.

As we also celebrate the 13th of IHBC’s London Conferences, we will be looking ahead, against a background of reduced local authority expenditure and continuing uncertainty over funding.The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including how are conservation areas perceived: does expectation match reality? How can we protect their special character from inappropriate development? What is the potential for post-war designations and how to engage communities.

This conference will be of relevance to conservation officers and other heritage professionals, town planners, urban designers, engineers, surveyors, architects, and archaeologists and as usual, we intend the presentations to be of nationwide interest, not solely London-focused.


Royal College of Physicians


This one-day conference is to be held in Sir Denys Lasdun’s Grade I listed Royal College of Physicians (1960–64); an award-winning conference venue.





The Royal College of Physicians is located at 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park and can be reached: 

By National Rail from Euston, King’s Cross, Marylebone and Paddington stations

By Tube from Regent’s Park (Bakerloo Line), Great Portland Street (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City lines), Warren Street (Victoria and Northern lines)

By Bus from Paddington and Marylebone, Numbers 18, 27, 30, 88, 205

The Conference will provide an opportunity to gain CPD training for both IHBC members and members of other professional Institutes. A CPD certificate will be available to delegates at the end of the day.




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