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2006 Awards Entries for Culture Heritage Conservation


Shigar Fort Palace, Skardu, Northern Areas
Located in the dramatic desert mountains of Karakoram in northern Pakistan, the 400-year old Shigar Fort Palace, one of the major heritage assets of Baltistan, was selected for conservation and adaptive reuse as a major strategic investment that would re-establish community pride and reinforce identity and self-confidence among the citizens of Shigar and Baltistan. The conservation project has had multiple effects in terms of economic benefits for the community. During construction, a total of 550 persons from the surrounding villages were employed.  Since its opening in April 2005 as a 20-room heritage guest house and museum, Shigar Fort Residence (SFR) has received around 500 overnight guests, and over 3,500 visitors, including many foreigners. SFR currently employs a staff of 22 of whom 20 are from Shigar itself.



Uch Monument Complex, Punjab
The Bibi Jawandi Tomb Complex at Uch features a single-chambered, three-tiered octagonal brick structure with two octagonal tiers surmounted by a white dome. The exterior finish of the dome comprises exquisitely glazed molded bricks whereas the interior finish consists of fired bricks set in a mud mortar. The octagonal structure has an external diameter of ten meters. A large portion of the tomb was washed away in the year 1817 by severe flooding of the Sutlej River, leaving only five out of the original eight sides intact. The dome has been badly damaged over the years with less than half of it currently remaining. The main requirement for the project was the revision of the water drainage system. A new topographical survey was used for designing this water drainage network. Retaining walls have been proposed with surface drains on one side or on both sides. They will function both for defining the boundary between the live graveyard and the monuments along with some prevention of soil erosion.