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Preservation & Conservation Award

Preservation or Conservation Award


The CABE Preservation or Conservation Award is presented to a project that has involved the preservation, conservation or extension of an existing building.


The Preservation or Conservation award takes into account the projects improvements with regards to quality, accessibility, sustainability, and end-user satisfaction. This award presents building engineers with the opportunity to gain recognition for their work in this sector and demonstrates how they are helping to protect the built environments heritage.


Eligibility Criteria

Entry is open to any organisation, individual or project where there has been substantial involvement of a CABE Member. This includes the design, construction, assessment or engineering of a building project, or a substantive role in a research, teaching, education or academic context.

Projects must have been completed in 2019.


Assessment Criteria

The judging panel will mark your submission against five criteria:

  1. Quality
  2. Impact
  3. Sustainability
  4. Inclusivity
  5. Client/User Satisfaction

Scoring for the Built Environment Awards is based on a weighted scoring matrix (see Submission form) to emphasise the different nature of each of these awards.


Submission Requirements

Download and complete the submission form, including a description of the project you wish to nominate. The description (between 1200-1500 words) should explain why the project is worthy of an award and; in particular; how it meets the assessment criteria.

You should also provide an explanation of how a CABE member played a significant role in the project and how this contributed to a building, or outcome, meriting an award.

Please provide any additional information necessary to help the awards panel understand the merits of your nominated project. This could include drawings, photographs, videos, animations, reports, assessments, certificated, evidence of performance, articles or press coverage or any other relevant material (JPEG, PDF and MP4 formats preferred).

Submission Form 

Assessment Criteria

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2019 Winner of Preservation or Conservation Award

Ardmore Construction for Ram Brewery

The project brief was to convert the Grade II iconic RAM Brewery into a new residential and retail quarter. To assist with the restoration, the project team engaged with the local community and historians to help deliver a project which benefit and bring a sense of pride back to the local community.

As part of the brief, the project had to retain some existing building structure as well as incorporating new structural elements. The project team made multiple visits to local archives and libraries to obtain historical information and details which were incorporated into the new project design; specifically, in the overhaul of the roofs and façade as well as the restoration of the former Brewer’s House, originally constructed during Georgian times.

To ensure no damage to the listed façade, the demolition and structural works were carefully sequenced to ensure that building stability was always maintained. The existing internal fabric of the building included a variety of structural timber beams and cast-iron columns which were retained and restored in situ. Restoration works involved removing the existing finishes through heritage approved methods and applying new finishes which meet the current building and fire regulations.


Modern materials were incorporated into the traditional fabric to increase the thermal performance of the building, offsetting carbon produced from heating the building. Chartered Member Michael Wadood was the Building Control Officer and provided commitment and support to the project. His approach allowed the project team to overcome many obstacles whilst ensuring the tight program was achieved. Michael’s experience meant that he was able to understand the needs of the Grade II listed building and with his conservation knowledge, successfully delivered a project that is now a social hub for the local community.






Have questions? Here's a helpful FAQ on submitting for the Built Environment Awards.



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