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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

Not yet confirmed your place? Marianne Suhr offers a tempting insight into the planned events, including lectures and technical discussions, specialised presentations on materials, a “lime day” as well an evening tour of the city. Read the full article.

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. 


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.


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 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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