A YOUNG Ulverston architect has been awarded a prestigious scholarship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

Dearbhail Keating, 28, who is originally from Dublin, is one of three new trainees ast the SPAB who will complete a six month programme of heritage work involving historic buildings across the UK to experience first-hand the best in current conservation practice.

At the end of the year, the Leeds School of Architecture graduate, will join a roster of talented individuals, many of whom now care for the most well known ancient buildings in Britain.

A spokesman for the SPAB said: “The aim is for our scholars to gain practical experience of building conservation in action guided by experts in the field and to use this knowledge to inform their own approach in their working lives.

"Their travels will enable them to meet fellow architects, building specialists and craftspeople working in traditional ways.”