This is the blog of the AHRC funded research project ‘Between Heritage and Sustainability – Restoring the Palace of Westminster’s nineteenth-century ventilation system.’ This project lasts from June 2016 until December 2018 and is led by Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt, AHRC Leadership Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Kent.
It is first study to systematically investigate the original Victorian principles of ventilation and climate control system inside the Houses of Parliament, combining archival research with building surveys and the analysis of historic data. The aim is to develop a detailed and critical understanding of the historic systems and to explore how far they could revitalized, at least in parts, in the context of the forthcoming refurbishment program. At key stages in this project Dr. Schoenefeldt is working with the Parliamentary authorities and those teams and individuals involved in the restoration program.
This blog reports about activities and findings of the project. It explores how historical and technical perspectives can provide a deeper understandings of environmental design in nineteenth-century architecture and they way this new knowledge can be used to inform sustainable design in heritage buildings today.