Despite 30th June being the hottest day of the year to that point, 80 delegates gathered at the RIBA London for an evening of CPD led by Brian Park and focussed on our Approach to Conservation and our work on Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings. These sessions were the the lead-in to the final session - a focus on Glasgow School of Art under the title, The Restoration of an Icon, this following the major fire in May 2014 and for which Page \ Park are architects and lead consultants.
The experience built up in the practice over many years has included Rosslyn Chapel and other conservation projects including new interventions to facilitate the long term conservation and sustainability of historic listed buildings. That experience is the foundation for what we are working through at 'The Mack' where engagement with archaeologists, students, researchers, conservators, academic staff, statutory bodies and the wider (and very interested) public is fascinating.
The tensions between the urgency of returning GSA's Mackintosh Building to full use and the many challenges to be addressed in the context of international conservation and wider interest were explored. A professional audience with varying perspectives on conservation philosophy and techniques generated healthy discussion on issues such as Mackintosh's specification of the harling (roughcast) material at The Hill House and at GSA. In conclusion, it was agreed that the open sharing of professional experience and knowledge in the European conservation sector was entirely appropriate as we all have much to learn from each other and our projects ..... including a spin-out discussion on the more recently fire ravaged Battersea Arts Centre.