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RICS Building Conservation Award 2013: Winner Date Posted: 03 May 2013

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03 May 2013

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The Sir John Soane's Museum - Opening up the Soane (Phase 1) project was announced as the RICS Building Conservation Award 2013 Winner at the RICS 2013 London Awards Ceremony held at the Landmark Hotel on 2 May 2013.
Fanshawe LLP, acting as Museums Project Managers, worked with Julian Harrap Architects (lead), Caruso St. John Architects, Mann Williams, D.R. Nolan & Co. and PFB Construction Management Services to sucessfully complete the project.
Other projects shortlisted in the Building Conservation Category for the 2013 Awards included: Charles Dickens Museum, Horseguards Whitehall, Kensington Palace, Somerset House - East Wing and St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Please refer to the Sir John Soane’s Museum website for further information on Opening up the Soane: -
“One of the trio of buildings occupied by the Soane Museum and Soane’s first family house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, now meticulously restored using Soane’s 1793 plans and decorative specification, evident in the striking Pompeian Red walls, Harewood grained joinery and sky-effect ceiling in the Gallery. The full-height cantilevered stair has been returned to its original form, with unsightly propping removed. The attention to detail, quality of the work and authenticity of the restoration are immediately evident, but it is also a practical project, finding room for a Conservation Studio and a Shop, and an inventive one, with imaginative flourishes such as the lift behind a trompe l’oeil bookcase and an unobtrusive disabled lift in the front lightwell that is a model of its kind.” 
[The Georgian Group]
“The most exciting aspect of Opening up the Soane is to see the end of a more than twenty-year process of restoration, which I have been fortunate enough to be involved with throughout. But for me, the fundamental delight of this project is that at the end of it, areas of the Museum which I have always been fascinated by but have never seen other than in the meticulous views of the 1820s and ’30s will have been recreated and Soane’s “permanently magical” Museum will once again be complete.”
[Helen Dorey, Deputy Director and Inspectress]