On this page, you will find all the entries for our pre-conference competition: BEST NEW DESIGN IN A HERITAGE SETTING. New designs will be added as they come in.

The submissions deadline is 30th September, and that’s when WE NEED YOUR HELP.

We want as many people as possible to vote for the design which they think complements its heritage setting most successfully. Each design is accompanied by a brief explanation of its context and the design idea to help you judge how well it achieves its aims.

YOU DECIDE who will win the New Heritage Design award at our Conference: Forging Ahead in November at the V&A.

When you have viewed all entries, click on the link to cast your vote for the BEST design. VOTING OPENS ON 1st OCTOBER

  1. St George’s Garrison Church gates

The Royal Garrison Church of St. George at Woolwich Barracks was destroyed by a flying bomb in the Second World War. Now open to the public as a memorial garden, a national competition was held to design new gates for the west end to provide a secure and attractive entrance to the ruined church. The inspiration behind the design is the poem In Flanders Field by Lt. Col. John McCrae, which describes the poppies growing between the crosses marking the graves of the fallen. It also describes larks singing and flying in the sky above the guns below. The poem, and the poppy it describes, have since become the remembrance symbol for soldiers who have died in all conflicts. VIEW IN FULL

2. Ely Cathedral Reredos

In 2011 we were asked to provide a reredos and the structure of a timber altar  to a modern design originated by the architect, in the Lady Chapel in Ely Cathedral.  The original stone reredos was destroyed in antiquity to make way for a wooden one, now removed. It was important to maintain access to the remains of the original so the design concept provided  for an open ironwork frame. Puddled wrought iron was the material of choice, but this was augmented by elements of  pre-corroded mild steel plate, and lettering in cast iron.  The treatment of the joints makes a feature of the mechanical fixings, mortices, tenons and wedges etc. all details were fully forged. The finish was as forged and treated with paraffin wax applied to the hot iron. The steel elements were gilded. VIEW IN FULL.

3. Shrewsbury Cathedral

The challenge was to create a design that had a classical feel to complement the overall setting but at the same time was a unique piece that was a mark of its time. The classic square quatrefoil, a motif that is repeatedly used in the interior, provided inspiration as a linkage from inside to out which in addition had a gothic feel that felt befitting a cathedral and a tribute to Pugin. A simplified bold interpretation gave it a modern twist. A repeat pattern allowed us to use cast iron throughout with the added benefit of being able to cost effectively include moulding details which added to the overall quality of the finished item. The finished colour was tonally light enough to cast shadows, allowing for greater three-dimensional affect, with the choice of blue referencing the Virgin Mary to whom the cathedral is dedicated. VIEW IN FULL.

4. Stillingfleet St Helens

Stillingfleet St Helens Church is famous for the ironwork on the main door, which dates from the tenth century. In 2002 it was decided to shift the old door inside the church to protect it so there was a need for a new oak door. Working with the architect, we designed new hinges and door furniture in puddled wrought iron to a new design based upon some elements of the old ironwork. The new door was hinged on the opposite side so that the old door can still be displayed in its original position in the doorway. The finish applied in 2002 was black bitumen applied to the hot iron. By 2017 the exposed surfaces had weathered back to a stable oxide, which, alongside the weathering of the oak door, produce a result similar to that of the natural processes at work on the original door. VIEW IN FULL.

5. York City Wall Gate

We were asked in 2006 to design and make a pedestrian gate to close the entrance to the upper room of Bootham Bar. The brief was for a gate in puddled wrought iron, robust enough to be opened hundreds of times a day by people walking the City Wall. The object was also to keep out the pigeons, which roosted in the room. The result was fully traditionally constructed, and carries a woven mesh of galvanised steel. The original finish was three coats of bitumen, the first applied to the hot iron, which has weathered back naturally to the iron oxide surface, some areas highlighted by the wear of the passage of countless visitors.

6. Bath Sun Flower

In June 2013 we approached the council in Bath with a proposal to install a structure on one of the prominent roundabouts in the city situated at the junction between three striking Georgian streets including Great Pulteney Street one of the grandest Georgian streets in Britain and adjacent to The Holburne Museum, another grand example of Georgian architecture.

We wanted to create a striking contemporary sculpture that would provoke comment, but its form needed to seek reference to the traditional ironwork that is such an integral part of the streetscape in Bath. It was these factors that influenced his design for ‘The Sun Flower’. VIEW IN FULL

7. Maid of the Bridge

Maid of the Bridge is a unique piece of public art installed on the newly developed Riverside site in Bath in 2018. The sculpture was created using the 172 sections of puddled wrought iron bars reclaimed from the original chains of the adjacent Victoria Bridge when it went through a process of conservation and reconstruction in 2015. 

The resulting work steeped in the site history was created by a collaborative of local companies, bringing together art, history, heritage blacksmithing skills and engineering.  This project celebrates heritage skills, historical engineering and the industrial heritage of the site whilst also connecting the past to the future, embracing modern engineering skills and skilled hand-crafted work. VIEW IN FULL