Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings

Course summary

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.

This three-day course is immediately followed by a day course on advanced condition surveys, which those attending this course will have the skills to undertake.  Students attending Condition Surveys and Advanced Condition Surveys are eligible for a discount if they book and pay for both courses together. Please email with your details if you wish to apply for the discount.


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


9.00am Registration and coffee / tea
9.30am Welcome and Introduction
9.45am Surveying historic buildings
11.00am Coffee / tea
11.30am Surveying major heritage assets
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Engineering and historic buildings
3.30pm Tea / coffee
4.00pm Agencies of decay
5.30pm Break


9.00am Fire protection in historic buildings
10.30am Coffee / tea
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
6.00pm Break


9.00am Church inspections
10.00am Coffee / tea
10.30am Visit to a church or chapel for survey exercise
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Practical group work exercise, writing up and presenting reports
of the Chalgrove visit
3.00pm Tea / coffee
3.30pm Debrief and discussion
5.00pm End of course



Accommodation for this three-day 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): £458.00
Baguette Lunches for all three days (Monday/Tuesday & Wednesday): £14.10
Dinner Monday & Tuesday Evenings: £38.00
Hot Lunches for all three days (Monday/Tuesday & Wednesday): £40.50
Single B&B Monday & Tuesday Nights: £151.70


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:



Dr Stephen Bond


Stephen Bond runs heritage consultancy Heritage Places, providing advice relating to the historic environment and its conservation for national and local government, public sector funding bodies, property management, development and institutional clients, charitable trusts, and other professional advisors.  He is joint author of Managing Built Heritage – the role of cultural values and significance, the second edition of which was published by Wiley‐Blackwell in 2016.

Mr Sinclair Johnston


Dr Jagjit Singh


Mr James Ritson


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.


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