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Historic Building Condition Surveys

Helps you develop the skills required when surveying old buildings (typically those built before 1940).

One-day course

Wed 27 Jun 2018
09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
London, London, Venue tbc

More locations are available - see below for details

£279 + VAT


You will gain valuable background information associated with old structures, knowledge and practical advice which is needed when making recommendations and accurate repair costs.

Course Outcomes

  • Identify the different building methods and materials used in the UK, along with common defects
  • Avoid common pitfalls associated with surveying old constructions
  • Make appropriate recommendations on repairs or conservation work that may need attention
  • Produce concise surveying reports that clearly identify issues that need re-addressing and are easily understood by your customers.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for anyone who would like to develop and improve inspection skills of historic houses that will typically be those built before approximately 1940. It is suitable for Surveyors; Building Surveyors; Local Authority; Building Inspectors; Conservation Officers; Home Inspectors; Architects; Estate Agents; Loss Adjusters; Home Owners. 

Course pre-requisites

An understanding of the principles of building construction and specification, but not necessarily orientated towards historic structures.


The course will be delivered from the perspective of a surveyor undertaking a condition survey on an historic house within the size range up to about 8 bedrooms. It will be delivered as a general format, in much the same way that such a building would be approached on site. It involves interaction with both individual and group exercise to replicate site surveys. It will involve real survey situations as well as case studies.

What is included

  • Comprehensive course manual 
  • Individual and group exercises
  • Certificate of training course attendance
  • Lunch and refreshments

Part 1

  • Introduction and course objectives
  • Taking instructions; defining what the survey contains
  • The context; what is the purpose of the survey and what is required to be delivered
  • Architectural styles; medieval to pre-war (1930s)
  • Typical age related floor plans; medieval to pre-war (1930s)
  • Overview of traditional building materials, forms and techniques & some regional variants

Part 2

  • Survey safety
  • On site approach; what are we looking at?
  • Getting started & considering the site
  • Sequential working
  • Visual assessment
  • Four-dimensional survey
  • Services
  • Opening-up
  • Photographic survey
  • Site recording
  • Legislation considerations
  • Recommendations

Part 3

  • Heritage and planning considerations
  • Use and re-use of survey data
  • Output forms and standards
  • Client de-brief


  • RICS professionals £279 + VAT
  • Non-RICS professionals £358.5 + VAT
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  • Mastercard

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If this course isn't running near you, register your interest and we will keep you updated next time it's occuring in your local area. When it's available, we'll email you with the course date, time and venue.

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Exceptionally interesting

Charlotte Staniforth on 14/11/2017

"The RICS' Historic Building Condition Survey course was exceptionally interesting. It covered both a broad historic overview and intricate detail without causing confusion. This course is excellent for professionals from a variety of backgrounds, both heritage and occupational, as well as those new to the subject"

High quality

Brian McGorry, Project and construction manager, Riverside Group on 03/01/2018

"Another high quality face to face course."

£279 + VAT
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