img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="")

St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire

This is exemplary conservation

Credit: Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths Architects for The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Contract value: £3.4m

GIA: 3,500m²

Richard Griffiths’ work here covers a wide range of conservation from repair to small scale interventions. His guiding hand has avoided pitfalls of excessive and damaging restoration and suspect reconstruction. Work has included preserving the deteriorating medieval clunch masonry of the original cloisters and cleaning, conserving and lighting the 13th century west porches.

  • Credit: Richard Griffiths
  • Credit: Richard Griffiths
  • Credit: Richard Griffiths
  • Credit: Richard Griffiths

He has overseen the conservation of medieval wall paintings and the removal of 100 years of grime to expose the Lady Chapel. Access has been improved, the layout of the nave altered,  choir stalls extended and stackable furniture introduced. As a body of restoration, repair and sensitive small interventions with an intelligent overseeing approach, this is exemplary conservation.

Regional Conservation Award

Regional Project Architect of the Year

See the other winners of the RIBA Regional Awards 2017 - East

Latest articles