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


Royal College of Physicians Tuesday 3rd October 2017




Ian Harvey is the joint founder and CEO of CivicVoice, the national charity for the civic movement, established in 2010 with the sup­ port of HRH the Prince of Wales and the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. Ian studied Business at University, followed by a Masters in Urban Regeneration. It was the opportunity of work experience with the CivicTrust that led him to where he is today. Following the collapse of the CivicTrust in 2009, Ian started the process that ultimately led to the NationalTrust, RIBA, CPRE and others coming together to support a programme of work to help save the future of the civic movement. He sits on the national board for the First World War Memorial Programme which is focused on nding and recording the nation’s war memorials. Ian is the secretary of the APPG for Civic Societies, a Parliamentary body of 78 MPs who work together to progress the mission of the civic movement in Parliament. He also established the national campaign, the Big Conservation Conversation, to celebrate 50 years of the Civic Amenities Act as a direct response to concerns from civic societies that the future of the historic environment is under threat.
Duncan McCallum has 30 years of experience in the heritage sector; for Historic England, English Heritage and local authorities. He studied planning and building conservation at Newcastle and York Universities. Duncan became English Heritage’s (now Historic England’s) Policy Director in 2005 and establishes its position on a wide range of environmental, cultural and planning issues. He commissions social and economic research, including projects relating to conservation areas, and works closely with other heritage and planning sector partners to demonstrate the value of heritage to society. He is a member of the IHBC, a Fellow of the RTPI and also of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Nicholas Boys Smith is the founding Director of Create Streets. He has led policy reviews and studies into what people want to see in the built environment and correlations between built form, social outcomes and valuations. He advises a range of public and private sector organisations on community consultation, estate regeneration and urban design. Nicholas is a Commissioner with Historic England, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow at the Legatum Institute. He has written for The Guardian, The SundayTimes, Architects’ Journal, Estates Gazette, Building Design, The Spectator, Building and various other magazines. He has been described by the Architects’ Journal as a ‘leading figure’ on issues relating to the built environment.
Harriet Bell has worked for over 25 years in conservation, first as a caseworker with The Georgian Group and then for three local authorities. For the past three years she has been working as a Heritage Projects Officer for Enfield Council. She completed a PhD at Shefield University in 2012 and has published variously on the architectural use of papier mache, the performance of significance at a post-war housing estate and the role of the imagination in travelling with disabilities. She has served on the Casework Panel of the Georgian Group and Executive Committee of the Wallpaper History Society.
John Pendlebury is Professor of Urban Conservation at Newcastle University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. He is a town planner who accumulated ten years’ practice experience – mostly at Gateshead – before re-entering academia in 1996. His publications include Conservation in An Age of Consensus, Valuing Historic Environments and Alternative Visions of Post-War Reconstruction: Creating the Modern Townscape. He has been involved in an EU funded project comparing approaches in four conservation areas in four different countries.
Rosemarie MacQueen has over 44 years’ experience of urban planning, conservation, heritage management and regeneration, and has provided expert evidence on conservation issues to Parliamentary Select Committees. Her voluntary roles include more than 20 years of service on the Georgian Group Executive Committee, and as London Chairman of the IHBC. In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list Rosemarie was awarded an MBE for services to Heritage, and in 2016 she was appointed as a Commissioner to Historic England.
Ian Ayris is the Urban Design and Conservation Team Manager at Newcastle City Council, leading a team within the planning system specialising in architectural conservation, urban design, historic buildings, archaeology, industrial archaeology, monument management and heritage development. He also co-ordinates the provision of archaeological advice and assistance to all the Tyne and Wear Local Authorities. He was a member of English Heritage’s Industrial Archaeology Panel from 2002 to 2014 and a member of their Advisory Committee (EHAC) from 2007 to 2013. Ian is a member of the IHBC, AIA the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne and has a number of publications to his name on both industrial heritage and the history of Newcastle.
Angela Koch has over 15 years’ experience in urban planning, design and masterplanning projects. She has sound technical knowledge and is always keen to explore effective co-design techniques. Angela founded ImaginePlaces in 2010 and is interested in urban change at the neighbourhood scale, including planning and design codes. These always involve many stakeholders and encompass the complexities of town centres and high streets. She lectures, publishes and teaches on plan-making best practice, co-design tools and town centre performance. She is co-founder of Neighbourhood Planners, London.
Roger Winfield is Chair of the Committee of the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum, whose Neighbourhood Plan was adopted by the London Borough of Camden Council in September 2016 following a 91% ‘Yes’ vote in the local referendum. He has lived in Kentish Town since 1977. Until his retirement four years ago he worked as a solicitor in private practice, specialising mainly in property. He is also a qualified commercial and community mediator.
Charles Wagner has 35 years’ experience in heritage and planning. He carried out the re-survey of listed buildings in Hampshire, before joining the London Division of English Heritage in 1986. Having qualified as a Chartered Town Planner, Charles moved to English Heritage’s historic areas work where, in the London team, he helped to develop public realm advice, resulting in the Streets for All London Streetscape Manual in 2000 and the Save our Streets campaign to improve the Public Realm in all streets and public spaces. For 10 years until April 2015 he was Head of Planning and Urban Advice and helped to draft parts of the NPPF and its Planning Practice Guidance. He is President of the ASCHB, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Guardian of the SPAB, and Co-Chair of the Heritage Alliance’s Spatial Planning and is now with the Built Heritage Consultancy.
Elain Harwood is an architectural investigator with Historic England specialising in the twentieth century, particularly in the architecture of the years after the Second World War. She was responsible for English Heritage’s post-war listing programme for many years, resulting in England’s Post-War Listed Buildings (2015). She has published extensively, most notably Chamberlin, Powell and Bon (2011) and Space, Hope and Brutalism (2015), and has also written the Pevsner City Guide to her home town of Nottingham (2008). Her PhD, in 2010, was on London’s South Bank. Post-Modern Buildings in Britain, with Geraint Franklin, is to be published in November 2017.
Catherine Croft is Director of the C20 Society. She previously worked for English Heritage, The Theatres Trust, The Victorian Society, and served as a Trustee of Heritage Link. She established and runs the Conservation of Historic Concrete course at West Dean and lectures widely on heritage issues. She is an expert on the public perception of C20 design, and an adviser to the Getty’s “Keeping it Modern” grant programme, for whom she organises an annual international symposium on conservation management planning. The author of Concrete Architecture, she also writes for a wide range of magazines and has appeared on many Radio and TV programmes. She edits C20 Magazine, which she launched in 2012. She has degrees in Architecture, Material Culture and Building Conservation and was a judge for the 2017 Carbuncle Cup.
Eddie Booth's work has focused on conservation areas for much of the time they have existed, starting with conservation policy at central government followed by ‘coal-face’ work at LB Richmond-on-Thames and then Calderdale Council. He became a Historic Areas Adviser at English Heritage for the West Midlands, the South West and then London and is now a Director of The Conservation Studio. Eddie is a town planner and urban designer. He has been Chair and President of the IHBC. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a CABE Built Environment Expert and is Course Leader for the MSC in Building Conservation at the Weald & Downland Living Museum.