Restoring Concrete Structures of Heritage Significance - the Penguin Pool and other selected projects by John Allan (June 2023)

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Member: €35 | Practice: €30 | Non-member: €45
RIAI Digital Chalk
1.5 Structured CPD Points

Event Information

The RIAI and the Heritage Contractors Register hosted a live CPD focused on Restoring Concrete Structures of Heritage Significance – the Penguin Pool and other selected projects by John Allan, former director of Avanti Architects, London, and biographer of Berthold Lubetkin on 21 June 2023.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to explore some of the challenges of restoring reinforced concrete structures of heritage significance, with particular reference to the Penguin Pool at London Zoo, 1934, designed by Lubetkin & Tecton and listed Grade I. The talk will also include consideration of repair techniques employed at selected other buildings by Lubetkin, and related issues of change and authenticity.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course attendees should have a knowledge of various concrete repair procedures and some of the challenges of balancing authenticity with improved performance. 

About John Allan

John Allan, a director of Avanti Architects from 1983 to 2011, has over 35 years’ experience in the conservation of Modern architecture, having worked on many high-profile listed buildings by pioneer Modern architects of the 1930s and post-war period, including several by Berthold Lubetkin Ernö Goldfinger, Wells Coates, Peter Moro, Patrick Gwynne and Maxwell Fry.

His conservation advisory work has included authoring the Listed Building Management Guidelines for the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates for The City of London and English Heritage. New build work has included Bethnal Green Health Centre, the Ilford Town Centre Health Clinic, The ACAD Centre, Central Middlesex Hospital, social housing in Inner London and bespoke private houses in Oxfordshire and Sussex.

John Allan has served on several English Heritage committees, also on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Architecture. In 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Sheffield and has served as a Visiting Professor in the Architecture Graduate School Conservation Course.

He has lectured internationally at architectural schools, conferences, and amenity societies. He is a member of the Finsbury Health Centre Preservation Trust and joint creator of the Isokon Gallery at Lawn Road Flats in Hampstead where he is Chairman of the Isokon Gallery Trust. His award-winning biography of Berthold Lubetkin was first published in 1992 and is now in its third edition. His latest book Revaluing Modern Architecture – Changing Conservation Culture was published by the RIBA in 2022.

This is a recording of an event that took place over Zoom on 21 June 2023 and is being delivered via RIAI DigitalChalk:

  • Following receipt of your payment via MyRIAI you will receive an email from the RIAI CPD Division (9:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday) providing your login details for RIAI Digital Chalk.
  • This online course will be accessible from your RIAI Digital Chalk account for 6 months from the date of completion.
  • The RIAI will send you a CPD certificate on completion of the online course.