2021 Built Environment Awards announced

Inner West Council

Extensive conservation works to iconic Victorian gothic mansion The Abbey in Annandale has won the 2021 Marrickville Medal.

The work included replacement of terracotta roof and roof capping to main house and chapel, copper batten roll roof to tower, and repairs to sandstone, stained glass windows, and finials.

The judges said these extensive conservation works to the highly significant landmark building were “carried out to an exemplary level”.

“The roofing works to the terracotta main house roofs and to the batten roll copper roof to the tower have gone beyond what was required simply to protect the building from water ingress.

“The works have reinstated original details and the silhouette of significant elements, including the repair of the metal finial with compass points to the tower, the reconstruction of the lions bearing the John Young standards, the repairs to glass and metal to stained glass windows.

“These works demonstrate a strong commitment to accurate conservation using highly skilled tradespeople,” the judges noted.

Andrew Miers has won the Open category of the Urban Photography competition with his Two lovely ladies.

The judges said it used a “nice ‘washed out’ tonality which reinforces the age and condition of the buildings, and which creates an emotional impact.”

The Marrickville Medal for Conservation has been awarded annually since 1995 and was one of the first of its kind in New South Wales.

It celebrates built conservation works that contribute to the understanding and preservation of the Inner West’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.

The Urban Photography Competition encourages engagement with the Inner West Council urban landscape, and must in some way feature, reference or comment on heritage attributes of the Inner West.

For a full list of finalists, go to innerwest.nsw.gov.au/BuiltEnvironmentAwards

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