Conservation architect Donald Insall has won this year's Plowden Medal in recognition of his influence on conservation policy and practice. Awarded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, he will receive the gold medal on 5 June. Insall, who set up Donald Insall Associates in 1958, has conducted conservation work on the Palace of Westminster, Somerset House, London's Mansion House and worked on the post-fire restoration of Windsor Castle. The practice has received more than 90 awards for excellence in design, conservation and craftsmanship.
Falconer Chester Architects has just received planning permission for this six-storey residential building for Bellway Homes. Situated north of Liverpool city centre, the building contains 153 apartments, an underground car park and a private garden for residents. The building is to be faced in brick, coloured render, stone and glass, and is due to be completed by summer 2002. The total cost is expected to be between £8 million and £10 million.