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RSAW Conservation Coach - South

RSAW Conservation Coach - South

​This year’s South Wales Conservation Coach will call at Insole Court, Cardiff, The Memo, Newbridge and The Red House, Merthyr. As well as the tour-and-talk visits, the day will feature a discussion exploring the challenges and compromises often facing today’s conservation architects in the complex ‘balancing act’ of saving a heritage asset.

Join us for the third outing of the popular Conservation Coach, visiting a selection of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in South Wales. This ‘study day on-the-move’ offers site visits to three distinctive conservation projects, each one telling a fascinating story of the rehabilitation of a historic building at different stages of renovation.

Calling points are Llandaff’s Insole Court, the Newbridge Memo, and Redhouse, Merthyr. With specialist speakers and a chance to meet the architects or managers of these special properties, the day is aimed at anyone with a professional or personal interest in the inventive re-use of historic buildings.

The tour begins at the Welsh School of Architecture where you will be able to leave your car for the day. We will then travel to Insole Court for a ‘spotlight on learning’ session with specialist conservation architect Ashley Davies, to explore the challenges and compromises of conservation architecture.

We will then begin a walk-and-talk tour of Insole Court, a grade II* listed Victorian Gothic mansion dating back to 1855. After lunch, we will travel to our next destination - the recently refurbished art-deco Newbridge Memo, where we will be given a walk and talk tour of the building, joined by project architect Jonathan Harwood.

We will travel next to Merthyr Tydfil, driving past points of interest before heading to our final destination - Merthyr Tydfil’s Redhouse, where a cup of tea will reward our dedicated student - travellers before a tour of this former Town Hall. We will round-up with an informal discussion over refreshments before the coach returns to Cardiff.

To attend the tour, please download the flyer and booking form below.


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