This lecture will look at the history and recent conservation work on one of the countries most well-known and divisive Post-War buildings. It’s distinctive shape and vast, circular nave makes it unique in European architecture, but it has had significant and long-standing issues, some of which Purcell have tried to address through their recent Getty-funded projects. From the competition to design a new cathedral, its’ rapid construction in 1967, to now, this talk will look at the care now being taken to conserve one of the most iconic Post-War churches in the world.
Jon Wright is a Heritage Consultant with Purcell Architects, specialising in the architectural history of and conservation practices for, buildings of the twentieth century. A former case officer for the Twentieth Century Society and now a member of the Working Party for the UK chapter of DOCOMOMO, Jon has worked on some of the country's best-known modern buildings and fought for the survival of some of the most contentious of the Post-War period.