It is claimed in some quarters that the conservation battle has been won. Exemplary developments such as those at Kings Cross show how a conservation-led approach can bring both private and public benefits. But this is no reason to sit on our heritage laurels. There are still many who are sceptical about the value of the historic built environment. Our challenges range from continuing austerity, the disposal of public assets to the pressure for more housing.

How are we adapting and changing to meet these challenges, and what creative means are there to keep our profession at the forefront of protection of the historic environment? In this, the fourteenth of IHBC’s London Conferences, we will be looking at how national organisations such as Historic England and the National Trust are modernising their agendas; how funding bodies are responding to needs in the third sector and how we can do more to promote the sector.

A series of case studies will include how imaginative architectural solutions can increase density while protecting heritage assets, together with innovative ways of re-using Assets of Community Value.

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 bear of nationwide interest, not solely London-focused.


Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park
London NW1 4LE

Conference fee: IHBC members £100 & Non-members £145 (to include lunch and refreshments

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.


 Chair: David McDonald, IHBC President



09.35 Welcome and opening address: DAVID McDONALD, IHBC President

09.45 Keynote Address: CHRIS COSTELLOE, Director, Victorian Society

10.15 Public Value: IAN MORRISON, Director of Planning, Historic England

10.45 COFFEE


11.10 MATTHEW McKEAGUE, Chief Executive, Architectural Heritage Fund

11.40 LIZZIE GLITHERO-WEST, Chief Executive, Heritage Alliance

12.10 Temple of Mithras: SOPHIE JACKSON, Director of Research and Engagement, Museum of London Archaeology


12.40 Discussion


13.00 LUNCH



14.00 Rosefield Mills Regeneration: LUKE MOLONEY, Chair, Dumfries Historic Building Trust

14.30 Hackney Wick & Fish Island Public Art: LORNA BLAKE, LLDC, Tower Hamlets and Hackney Borough Council, and ESTHER EVERETT, London Legacy Development Corporation


15.05 TEA


15.30 The Ivy House Co-operatively Owned Pub, Peckham: STUART TAYLOR, Ivy House Community Pub Ltd.

16.00 Designing with High Density: DEBORAH SAUNT, Director, DSDHA


16.30 Discussion


16.50 CLOSE