Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings


Condition surveys of historic buildings require an understanding of architectural and construction history, as well as the ability to analyse and prioritise defects. This course aims to give participants an understanding of traditional construction and its defects and to provide the skills to carry out balanced and informed surveys of historic buildings.

The course is designed for built environment professionals who are responsible for the repair, maintenance and management of heritage assets, public sector planning and conservation professionals, and owners of heritage assets.


National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: Supports the Performance and Knowledge requirements for CCSAPAD2 Assess options for conserving the archaeological resource in situ.

National Occupational Standards for Town Planning/Conservation/Building Control:  contributes to the Performance and Knowledge requirements for COSTPCBC56.1-B5.2  Analyse, research and report on historic and heritage assets in conservation;  COSTPCBC56.3-B56.4 Develop and advise on conservation, repair and maintenance strategies and solutions; and COSBEDCL4O14 Survey, assess and record the condition of assets in conservation.


Programme details

Wednesday 1 July

9.00am Registration and coffee/tea

9.30am Welcome and Introduction

9.45am Surveying historic buildings

11.00am Coffee

11.30am Surveying major heritage assets

1.00pm Lunch

2.00pm Engineering and historic buildings

3.30pm Tea

4.00pm Agencies of decay

5.30pm Break

Thursday 2 July

9.00am Fire protection in historic buildings

10.30am Coffee

10.45am Depart for site visit for the group work exercise.

A packed lunch will be available for participants who have booked lunch

5.30pm Return to Rewley House

6.00pm Break

Friday 3 July

9.00am Church inspections

10.00am Coffee

10.30am Visit to a church or chapel for survey exercise

12.30 Lunch

1.30pm Practical group work exercise, writing up and presenting reports of

the site visit

3.00pm Tea

3.30pm Debrief and discussion

5.00pm End of Day 3




Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £472.00
Baguette Friday £5.00
Baguette Wednesday £5.00
Hot Lunch Friday (3 courses) £15.00
Hot Lunch Wednesday (3 courses) £15.00
Packed Lunch Thursday £7.50
Single B&B Wednesday & Thursday Nights £165.00


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking.

Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:



Mr Henry Russell

Course Director

Director of the programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University.

Henry Russell is a member of the Church of England’s Buildings Council and Chair of Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee.


Accommodation for this three-day course is at Rewley House for Wednesday and Thursday nights only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.