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RICS & SPAB Building Conservation Summer School 2018

Unlock your career in historic building surveying – essential guidance into inspecting and repairing old and traditional buildings.

Sun 16 Sep 2018 - Thu 20 Sep 2018
08:30 AM - 07:30 PM
Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6JS
30 hours formal CPD

See summer school package options below

Residential from
£450 + VAT


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 15th 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. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to take part in this crucial event allowing you to validate your status as a building conservation specialist, demonstrate to clients and employers your knowledge and expertise in building conservation and secure more work.

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Residential Rate

This includes 4 nights’ accommodation (Sunday-Thursday), dinner and evening case studies.

Non-Residential Rate

This does not include accommodation, dinner or evening case studies.

Thursday Lecture Day only

To book the Thursday Lecture Day only please enter Voucher Code VHR0000753

If you have any further questions regarding your booking, please call 024 7686 8584

What to expect

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 provide 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

Take the opportunity to 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.

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Group bookings:

  • Book 3 or more places and get 10% off
  • Book 5 or more places and get 15% off
  • Book 7 or more places and get 20% off

Only one discount available per booking. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS.

  • Student Residential Rate £450 + VAT
  • Student Non-Residential Rate £310 + VAT
  • Practitioner Residential Rate £680 + VAT
  • Practitioner Non-Residential Rate £500 + VAT
  • Thursday Lecture Day Delegate Rate £160 + VAT
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“Really enjoyed lime day in particular – very informative. Filled in many ‘basic knowledge’ gaps from my Building surveying degree."

"Really enjoyable week, the content was really interesting and generally well gauged for an audience of differing professions, skills and experience.  It was also great to handle materials and samples."

"All excellent and leaving with more knowledge than I came with!"

Residential from
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