Our passion is old buildings – helping to restore and protect them, ensuring they can continue to be used and enjoyed for generations to come.
Our bespoke secondary glazing means buildings that were once draughty, cold and noisy can remain fit for purpose, providing those inside with a warm, quiet, comfortable space.
And the beauty of it is that our aluminium panels are so unobtrusive the original windows and the aesthetics of the building, which make up its character and heritage, are unchanged.
A while ago, we did some work at a wonderful old building in Spital Square, London. It turned out to be the headquarters of an organisation called the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
As we got to know the team and their work, we quickly discovered SPAB was Storm’s soulmate organisation.
It was wonderful to speak to the staff there and realise that they absolutely shared our passion, aims and dreams that historic buildings should be protected and maintained to ensure their survival.
The team at SPAB work so hard to ensure these buildings survive and even go as far as offering training to architects, craftspeople and designers of the future to provide practical guidance on the care, repair and maintenance of old buildings.
So when we heard they were looking for a headline sponsor for their heritage awards we were over the moon to take on the role.
The SPAB Heritage Awards 2022 aim to celebrate all those people who work so hard behind the scenes to look after old buildings.
And we want to help them do this.
There are so many people who act as custodians or who dedicate their skill and time to looking after old buildings – some often on a voluntary basis. They love old buildings as much as we do and they should be recognised and rewarded for their efforts.
The categories for the SPAB Heritage Awards 2022 awards are as follows:
Building Craftsperson of the Year
This award honours craftspeople and builders working with historic buildings. They may specialise in the use of traditional materials and methods of construction, and will be focused on preserving and protecting the building being worked on.
This award will be voted for by the public and will celebrate the care and attention given to ensure old buildings are well-maintained.
Sustainable Heritage Award
This award will celebrate the best new design skills being used in upgrading old buildings or adapting them for new uses to meet modern requirements.
The Philip Webb Award
This award celebrates the sympathetic reuse of old buildings and rewards sensitive new design work.
The John Betjeman Award
This celebrates excellence in the conservation and repair of places of worship.
SPAB was founded by the designer and artist William Morris in 1877. He wanted to put a stop to the trend for major restoration projects that were harmful and damaging to existing buildings.
The organisation’s original manifesto stated that it wanted those carrying out repairs and maintenance to focus on protection rather than restoration and “to resist all tampering with either the fabric or ornament of the building as it stands . . . to treat our ancient buildings as monuments of a bygone art, created by bygone manners, that modern art cannot meddle with without destroying”.
That is very much still at the heart of SPAB’s – and Storm’s – work today.
We take huge pride in our work and love what we do and we are proud of the projects we’ve been privileged to be a part of, a few of which you can see in the images below. It’s great to know there are other people out there who think the same way as us. Together we will ensure the nation’s heritage buildings live on.
Entries to the SPAB Heritage Awards 2022 can be made from now up until March 28, 2022. Philip Webb Award entries can be made between July 18, 2022 and September 12, 2022
To find out more, visit https://www.spab.org.uk/get-involved/awards.
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