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RICS & SPAB Building Conservation Summer School

Seminar Cirencester, 10-14 Sep 2017

Unlock your career in historic building surveying - essential guidance into inspecting and repairing old and traditional buildings

One in five buildings in the UK date from before 1914, meaning that surveyors of all disciplines are more than likely to encounter such buildings as part of their daily work. Advising clients on traditional and listed buildings can no longer be dismissed as a niche area but is instead becoming a part of surveyors’ mainstream practice. It is essential therefore that you fully understand building conservation and surveying techniques for historic and listed properties to allow you to meet the demands of his changing market and ensure you are able to operate with due care and diligence.

Now in its fourteenth year, this unique hands on programme, designed by the RICS Building Conservation Forum in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), gives attendees a vital introduction to building conservation, with a view to ensuring that those that conserve our nation’s heritage will have the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to ensure its protection.

Spanning five days, this event aims to reinforce undergraduate and graduate training in traditional buildings, construction techniques and materials, as well as support new surveyors and other specialists in this field.  The course also provides essential continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for qualified members. 

Highlights

Benefit from a choice of full days of lectures to case studies and practical workshops with unprecedented access to leading experts in the field, designed to provide you with a greater understanding of building conservation philosophy and techniques, as well as new skills to use within the workplace.

Examine how historic buildings can be repaired, altered and updated without losing their character with in-depth sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Building defects and the architectural timeline
  • Solid wall construction
  • Timber decay and repair
  • Structural diagnosis and repair
  • Historic building control
  • Roof coverings and timber framed buildings
  • Stone decay and methods of repair
  • Plain glass and glazing
  • Building in brick
  • Conservation and restoration of period interior woodwork

Learn from a, hands on one day practical workshop focusing on lime mortars, plastering and pointing.

Participate in a day trip to nearby incomplete 19th century gothic masterpiece, Woodchester Mansion, where they will have the opportunity to put into practice some of the aspects learnt throughout the school.

Prices

Students
Sunday-Thursday Residential*
£445 + VAT
Sunday-Thursday Non-Residential**
£305 + VAT

* The student residential rate includes 4 night’s accommodation, dinner and evening case studies
** The student non-residential rate does not include dinner or evening case studies

RICS/Non Members Professional Rates Sunday-Thursday Residential*
£675 + VAT
Sunday-Thursday Non-Residential**
£495 + VAT
Thursday only - Building conservation in practice*** £155 + VAT

* The Practitioners residential rate includes 4 night’s accommodation, dinner and evening case studies
** The Practitioners non-residential rate does not include dinner or evening case studies
*** If you are only attending the Building conservation in practice one-day event, please quote voucher code VHR0000640 to ensure you receive the correct price at the time of booking. This fee does not include accommodation. Alternatively please email events@rics.org or call our Customer Services team on 020 7695 1600 to confirm your place.

NB: Please note the Professional Rates apply to members and non members.

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Sunday 10 September 2017 – Introduction to Building Conservation – The Basics
Chairman: Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP

13:00 Arrive and register
   
13:30 Lunch available if required
       
14:30 Refreshments
   
14:50 Welcome to the Building Conservation Summer School
Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP
   
15:00 The philosophy of building conservation
•    Origins of modern building conservation ideas
•    SPAB Manifesto 1877 and charters & principles
Matthew Slocombe, Director, SPAB
   
16:00 Historic building recording
•    Why is recording of such importance that the process is elevated into a conservation principle?
•    What is the purpose of recording?
•    What are the key issues relating to recording?
•    What are the processes, what are the techniques and when might they be appropriately employed?
David Hardwick, Chartered Building Surveyor, University of the West of England
   
17:00 Refreshment break
   
17:30 Building defects and the architectural timeline
•    What is a defect?
•    What to look for and common defects – the architectural timeline
Geoff Hunt, Chartered Building Surveyor, Hunt Building Surveying Services
   
19:00 Dinner
   
20:00 Old Buildings – Your Choice!
Delegates are asked to send in advance a digital image of a building that interests them, for an interactive discussion session
Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP
David Hardwick, Chartered Building Surveyor, University of the West of England

Monday 11 September 2017 – Repair of Old Buildings
Chairman: Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP

08:30 Registration and refreshments
   
08:45 Welcome and introduction to surveying historic buildings
•    What is the survey for? 
•    Who is the client and what do they want?
•    Inspection and assessment of historic buildings
•    Writing the report
Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP

   
09:30 Building conservation legislation
Emma Lawrence, Head of Casework, SPAB
   
1030 Refreshment break
   
11:00 Solid wall construction and the need for old buildings to breathe
Marianne Suhr, Chartered Building Surveyor, The Old House Consultancy
   
12:00 Timber decay and repair
•    The growing tree and the freshly felled tree –the challenges involved
•    Insect pests and infestations
•    Remedies and treatment
Bob Child, Conservation Consultant on Historic Buildings and Collections, Historyonics

13:00 Lunch
       
14:00 Revitalisation and refurbishment in construction
Martin Russell-Croucher, General Manager, AEEBC
   
14:45 Energy efficiency and older buildings
Marianne Suhr, Chartered Building Surveyor, The Old House Consultancy
   
16:00 Refreshment break
   
16:30 Structural diagnosis and repair
Sinclair Johnston, Director, Sinclair Johnston and Partners
   
17:30 Controlling costs for conservation projects
•    Cost risk v Quality Risk
•    Challenges of providing early cost advice
•    Controlling the unknown
•    Tender documentation - the good, the bad and the ugly 
Duncan Ball, Partner, Synergy Bare, Leaning & Bare
   
18:30 Close
   
Evening session (available for those on the residential packages)
   
18:30 Evening meal
   
19:30 The repair of a Cirencester Townhouse
Rory Young, Artist, Conservator, Builder



Tuesday 12 September 2017– Materials and Specifications
Chairman: Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP

08:30 Registration and refreshments
   
08:45 Welcome and roof coverings to historic buildings
Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP
   
10:00 Stone decay – selecting options for repair
Nick Durnan, Conservation Consultant, Nick Durnan Stone Conservation
   
11:15 Refreshment break
   
11:45 Introduction to timber framed buildings
Charley Brentnall, Managing Director and Chairman, Carpenter Oak & Woodland Co Ltd.
   
12:45 Lunch
   
13:45 Building in brick
•    History of brick and terracotta
•    Care and repair of brickwork
•    Cleaning masonry, water based cleaning systems, paint removal
TBC
   
14:45 Plain glass and glazing
Ben Sinclair, Director, Norgrove Studios 
   
15:30 Refreshment break
   
16:00 An introduction to thatched roofs
Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP
   
17:00 Innovations in conservation – new techniques for surveying
Jon Avent, Director, Mann Williams Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers 

   
18:00 Close
   
Evening session (available for those on the residential packages)
   
18:30 Evening meal
   
19:15 Building Conservation - Getting your hands dirty!
Marianne Suhr, Chartered Building Surveyor, The Old House Consultancy

Wednesday 13 September 2016 – Understanding Lime and Practical Workshops
Sean Wheatley, Plasterer, Michal Wolf, Director, All Things Lime and Marianne Suhr, Chartered Building Surveyor, The Old House Consultancy

09:00 Drive to the Rural Skills Centre (own transport)
5 minute drive from RAU – Location map enclosed in the delegate packs
       
09:15 Demonstrations and workshops including:
•    Lime slaking
•    Limewash
•    Plastering and rendering
•    Pointing
   
12:45 Lunch
       
14:00 The theory of Lime
•    Basic mortar analysis and pointing techniques
•    Understanding hydraulic and non-hydraulic lime
•    Specifying lime in building repair
•    Avoiding failures
•    Case study lectures showing lime in practice
   
16:00 Final Q&A
   
17:00 Close

Evening session (available for those on the residential packages)
   
17:30 Evening meal
   
19:00 Meet in Cirencester for town walk with Rory Young, followed by drinks at 7 Park Street

Wednesday 13 September 2017 – Site Exercises – Identifying Defects and Specifying Works
Mark Hancock, Director, Centreline Architectural Sculpture and David Hardwick, Chartered Building Surveyor, University of the West of England

Day trip to Woodchester Mansion in Stroud where students will be asked to put into practice what they have learnt so far

08:45 Depart Royal Agricultural University   
       
09:30 Meet at Woodchester Car Park
Through gates on the grass field to the left.  Walk down the path to the Mansion or there will be a minibus available for those that do not wish to walk.   
               
10:00 Tour of Woodchester Mansion, history and construction
Mark Hancock, Director, Centreline Architectural Sculpture 
                                                           
11:30   Specification Workshop   
•    Students will be divided into groups to identify defects and prepare a specification for an element of the building.  
David Hardwick, Chartered Building Surveyor, University of the West of England

13:30 Lunch (packed lunch will be provided by RAU)
                       
14:30 Review of specification workshop
                       
15:00 Repairing Woodchester Mansion: A review of projects past and present
•    Looking at drawings and specifications and how they are translated on site
Mark Hancock, Director, Centreline Architectural Sculpture 

16:00 Close
                       
Evening session (available for those on the residential packages)
           
17:30 Evening meal
           
19:00 Historic and Listed Building Conservation Surgery
Your opportunity to put your questions to our resident expert and get in-depth advice and guidance on burning issues you face in your current working practice.
Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP


Thursday 14 September 2016 – Building Conservation in Practice
Chairman: Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP

08:30 Registration and refreshments

08:45 Welcome and intro to the RICS Building Conservation Accreditation Scheme
Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP
           
09:45 TBC
TBC
           
10:45 Refreshment break
           
11:15 TBC
TBC
           
12:30 Lunch
           
13:30 TBC
TBC
           
14:45 Refreshment break
           
15:15 TBC
TBC
           
16:15 TBC
TBC

           
17:15 Summer School ends
           
Thursday 14 September 2016 – Understanding Lime and Practical Workshops
Sean Wheatley, Plasterer, Michal Wolf, Director, All Things Lime and Marianne Suhr, Chartered Building Surveyor, The Old House Consultancy

09:00 Drive to the Rural Skills Centre (own transport)
5 minute drive from RAU – Location map enclosed in the delegate packs
       
09:15 Demonstrations and workshops including:
•    Lime slaking
•    Limewash
•    Plastering and rendering
•    Pointing
   
12:45 Lunch
       
14:00 The theory of Lime
•    Basic mortar analysis and pointing techniques
•    Understanding hydraulic and non-hydraulic lime
•    Specifying lime in building repair
•    Avoiding failures
•    Case study lectures showing lime in practice
   
16:00 Final Q&A

16:00 Summer School ends


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Price excl. VAT

£675.00 for RICS members

£675.00 for non-members

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