Donald Insall Associates celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Chester Report at Chester Cathedral

Donald Insall Associates, Britain’s leading conservation architecture practice, was joined by over 200 guests at Chester Cathedral last Thursday 27th September to celebrate 60 years since its inception alongside 50 years since the publication of the Chester Report, a pioneering study that shaped the city’s development. Founded in 1958 by Sir Donald Insall, Donald Insall Associates has spearheaded the conservation movement in the mid-20th century and continues to provide award-winning design and expert guidance in the built heritage environment.

Chester: A Study in Conservation was commissioned in 1966 and completed in 1968. With a brief to ‘study and report on the implications of a conservation policy’, the report examined more than 400 buildings, addressing the City of Chester’s historical significance and the economic pressures it was facing at the time. The report identified key features and elements that make the City special while plotting areas offering opportunity for development, which provided a blueprint for the city’s continued enhancement.

More recently, Donald Insall Associates has secured planning permission for the conservation of Burton Manor, Neston, and a series of newly designed homes on the Manor’s grounds. Tony Barton – Insall Chairman, Chester Cathedral’s incumbent architect and a long-time resident of Hoole – will be speaking about how conservation can encourage regeneration later this month at the Civic Voice Annual Conference, which is being held in Birmingham on 19-20th October 2018.

Tony Barton, Chairman of Donald Insall Associates, said:

“In the half-century that followed the Chester Report, our legacy as a practice has been intrinsically woven into Chester’s history. As a pioneer of city-wide conservation, we have seen the benefits of shared heritage and collective memory in the development in Chester and beyond.”

Donald Insall Associates is an award-winning architecture practice and historic buildings consultancy with 60 years of experience in the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings and designing new buildings for sensitive sites. The practice is most known for the post-fire refurbishment of Windsor Castle and the Palace of Westminster. The Chester office, which has been in operation since the 1990s, led award winning projects at Chester Cathedral, Lion Salt Works, Blackpool Winter Gardens and the Bluecoat, Liverpool.

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