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Online TALK: Richard Griffiths – Conservation-led regeneration

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How new architecture can equip old buildings for a sustainable future in the service of the community

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Conservation-led regeneration - Clissold House, Newington Green Unitarian Chapel and Toynbee Hall

Richard Griffiths will talk about three historic building projects carried out by his practice, how the buildings have been restored to bring out their historic and architectural qualities, and how a new layer of architectural interest has been created to equip them for a sustainable future in the service of the community.

Richard is Director of Richard Griffiths Architects, founded in 1993 and specialising in the creative repair and conversion of old buildings. The practice has established a particular reputation for award-winning new design in historic contexts.

He was Cathedral Architect for 18 years at St Albans Abbey and for 16 years at Southwark Cathedral, where the Millennium buildings won seven architectural wards, including an RIBA Award. He has been responsible for major regeneration projects at Sutton House and Eastbury Manor for the National Trust, Kenilworth Castle for English Heritage and projects for historic houses in public parks at Clissold House, Hackney, and Valentine’s Park, Redbridge. As joint architect for the conversion of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Midland Grand Hotel, into a 5* hotel and residential apartments, he restored the public rooms and designed the new wing of the hotel.

Richard’s book, Old Buildings, New Architecture, describes the challenges in creating architecture by adding a new layer to old buildings. When you have booked a place on the talk, the email reminder you will receive in advance of the event includes details of how to order the book at a reduced price.

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The event will take place on YouTube. Visit https://youtu.be/61yUTti4vPI from 6:45pm to settle in and check you can hear the audio. If you register (it's free), we'll remind you a link a couple of days before the event. Whilst you do not need to log-in to YouTube to view the talk, if you wish to use the online chat facility to type questions on the night, you will need to be logged-in to YouTube with a Google account. Alternatively, if you have a question ahead of the event, please email us at events@hackneysociety.org.


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