Building Conservation Journal July–August 2018

Barney Hatt

Editor, Building Surveying Journal & Building Control Journal (RICS)

What do the next 150 years look like for conservators and the other professionals responsible for our heritage?


In this issue, Alison Richmond reflects on the success of RICS’ first 150 years to examine how the profession can secure its future through the next century and a half – and beyond. By attracting new talent, supporting the current workforce and continuing to adapt as technology changes the profile of the conservator, the sector can be hopeful about the future practitioners who will drive Pride in the Profession 2.0.

We look at technology’s progress in the industry in more depth with a case study by Jamie Quartermaine. He details his experience of conducting a 3D survey of the 130 rooms in Schneller orphanage, Israel, in just one morning using a ZEB-REVO scanner – something that would previously have taken weeks.

As Jamie’s experience proves, technology is giving us ways to do things faster and more efficiently. It’s up to us to use it to our advantage, and there is now more onus than ever on professional bodies to ensure we equip the workforce with the knowledge to make such decisions.

Conservation is about how you support the old, or the enduring, with the new. Technology in the profession is simply another “new”; the enduring, therefore, are the buildings and materials we work to conserve, and we cover two of the latter in this issue: concrete and terracotta.

The fifth instalment of our Materials Information Sheet series sees Phil Banfill detail the composition and performance as well as the decay and degradation of concrete – and tells us why you’ll never get exactly the same slab twice.

Clara Willet meanwhile gives us a detailed report on terracotta, informing us of its composition and uses, and discussing how to maintain it and repair damage, which is usually caused by water penetration.

In his regular update page, Henry Russell rounds up the issue, covering revisions to the Welsh Ecclesiastical Exemption Order 1994, the revised NPPF, the launch of a guidance suite from Historic Environment Scotland, and the announcement of two new funding programmes.

If there’s anything you’d like us to cover, on the old, the new or anything in between, then please do get in touch.

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