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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 Building Conservation – what’s it all about? 

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?

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

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

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 philosophy and legislation

  • Origins of modern building conservation ideas
  • SPAB Manifesto 1877 and charters & principles
  •  

10:30    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 and timber decay

  • The growing tree and the freshly felled tree –the challenges involved
  • Insect pests and infestations
  • Remedies and treatment

13:00 Lunch            

14:00 Specification and schedule writing

  • How should we be approaching a particular conservation project?

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   

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 
  •      

18:30 Close      

Evening session (available for those on the residential packages)     

18:30 Evening meal        

19:30 The repair of a Cirencester Townhouse

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       

11:15 Refreshment break      

11:45 Introduction to timber framed buildings

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
  •    

14:45 Plain glass and glazing       

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      

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 2017 – Understanding Lime and Practical Workshops

Sean Wheatley, Plasterer, Cliff Blundell, Building Limes Consultants 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

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                                                          

11:30 Specification Workshop   

  • Students will be divided into groups to identify defects and prepare a specification for an element of the building.  

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

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 2017 – Building Conservation in Practice

Chairman: Stephen Boniface FRICS, Partner, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP

Programme TBC

Thursday 14 September 2017 – Understanding Lime and Practical Workshops

Sean Wheatley, Plasterer and Cliff Blundell, Building Limes Consultants 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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