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.
The course will include the following
Classroom sessions on
- the principles of condition surveys as applied to historic buildings
- Understanding defects in historic structures
- surveying major heritage assets
- a structural engineer’s approach to historic buildings
- case studies of condition surveys
- quinquennial inspections of churches
- specialist works including glazing, wallpaintings, timber framing
The course will also include a practical survey workshop where there will be visits to historic buildings to carry out practical exercises in assessing condition, followed by discussion and feedback.
MONDAY 8 MAY 2017
9.00am Registration and coffee/tea
9.30am Welcome and Introduction
9.45am Surveying historic buildings
11.30am Surveying major heritage assets
2.00pm Engineering and historic buildings
4.00pm Agencies of decay
8.15pm The use of thermal imaging within the historic built environment
TUESDAY 9 MAY 2017
9.00am Stained glass and historic plain glazing
10.45am Depart for visit to Chalgrove for the group work exercise.
A packed lunch will be available for participants who have booked lunch
5.30pm Return to Rewley House
WEDNESDAY 10 MAY 2017
9.00am Practical group work exercise, writing up and presenting reports of the Chalgrove visit
1.30pm Church inspections
3.45pm Final discussion and questions
4.15pm End of course
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
Accommodation for this course is at Rewley House for Monday and Tuesday 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.
Tuition includes coffee/tea: £455.00
Baguette Lunch Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: £13.20
Dinner Monday & Tuesday evenings: £36.50
Full Hot Lunch Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: £39.00
Single B&B Monday & Tuesday nights: £145.20
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Stephen Bond
Historic Environment Consultant and Director, Heritage Places; joint author of Managing Built Heritage
Independent Historic Building and Architectural Glass Consultant
Mr Sinclair Johnston
Mr James Ritson
Mr Henry Russell
Course DirectorDirector of the Programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University
Dr Jagjit Singh
Terms and conditions
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Sources of funding
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The closing date for bookings will be Thursday 20 April 2017.