IHBC Yearbook 2010

2010 Institute of Historic Building Conservation yearbook The home of the conservation professional

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1 The Institute of Historic Building Conservation www.ihbc.org.uk Registered as a Charity, Number 1061593 Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England, Number 3333780 Registered Office: 3 Stafford Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 4QZ IHBC Officers IHBC officers are listed on page 5. Branch contacts are listed on page 6. Business Office Jubilee House, High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6HA Tel 01747 873133 Fax 01747 871718 E‑mail admin@ihbc.org.uk Director’s Office Postal address: The Glasite Meeting House, 33 Barony Street, Edinburgh EH3 6NX Tel 0131 558 3671 E‑mail director@ihbc.org.uk The institute cannot accept responsibility for the acts or omissions of any Member, Associate, Affiliate or HESPR company and accordingly the institute shall not be liable for any loss or damage or other matter arising from the employment of engagement of any member. ihbc Yearbook We gratefully acknowledge the support of firms whose advertisements appear throughout this publication. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this Yearbook is current and correct, neither the IHBC nor the publisher can be held responsible for any errors or omissions which may occur. All rights reserved. The title of the IHBC Yearbook is and shall remain the absolute property of the institute. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recordings, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the institute. This 2010 edition has been prepared for the Communications and Outreach Committee by the IHBC National Office with the help of Charles Hippisley-Cox and Cathedral Communications Limited. Cover illustrations The photographs which appear on the cover and at the start of each section are, from the top; • Stuart Eydmann at Linlithgow Burgh Halls (Photo: Stewart Guthrie) • A pre-application meeting at the clock tower, Trinity College, Cambridge • Annual School delegates at Wheatcroft Wharf, Derbyshire • A site meeting at Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan The IHBC Yearbook is published and produced by Cathedral Communications Limited High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6HA Tel 01747 871717 Fax 01747 871718 E‑mail ihbc@cathedralcommunications.co.uk www.buildingconservation.com Copyright 2010 Cathedral Communications Limited ISBN 978 1 900915 55 7 For additional copies of the IHBC Yearbook please contact the IHBC Business Office, Tel 01747 873133. What is the IHBC? 2 Foreword 3 STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP Structure of the IHBC 4 Elected officers 5 Branch contacts 6 Membership of the IHBC 8 REVIEW: THE WORK OF THE IHBC AND ITS MEMBERS Chairman’s review Dave Chetwyn 13 Welcome home! Seán O’Reilly 15 From jobs to blogs: the IHBC website Joanna Theobald and Peter Badcock 18 The IHBC’s Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition (HESPR) scheme 20 Conservation services in local government 23 Leighton House: a local authority at work David McDonald and Daniel Robbins 24 The SPAB: connecting with conservation officers Matthew Slocombe 29 Bridgend Townscape Heritage Initiative David Boulting and Sue Tomlinson 32 Challenges for conservation services in planning Ian Mudie 37 Team work John Hoath 41 DIRECTORY OF MEMBERS 44 USEFUL INFORMATION Courses and events 79 The RIBA and historic building conservation Brendan O’Connor 84 Useful addresses National organisations 86 Local authority contacts 89 Products and services 94 Advertisers index 96 Contents

2 Y e a r b o o k 2 0 1 0 What is the ihbc? The Institute of Historic Building Conservation is the principal body in the United Kingdom representing professionals and specialists involved in the conservation and preservation of the historic environment. Our members include conservation officers in central and local government, architects, architectural historians and researchers, planners, surveyors, structural engineers and other specialist consultants, including conservators, craftsmen and other practitioners. The institute’s objectives are to promote for the benefit of the public: • the conservation and enhancement of the historic environment in the United Kingdom • the highest standard of professional skills in this field • the education and training of professionals and specialists responsible for such work. Institute of Historic Building Conservation No 113 March 2010 Fire and historic buildings The benefits of membership include: • five issues of Context, the institute’s journal, annually • the annual IHBCYearbook • training and CPD opportunities including the IHBC Annual School • notices of job opportunities • heritage sector information • membership of an active regional branch network • technical support, including guidance and standards • access to national and regional built environment bodies • peer support in promoting resources and standards • web-based advice and discussion forums • consultation and involvement in national issues. The website, yearbook and five issues of Context keep members up to date, with regular features on topical issues, news briefings, book reviews and interviews. 2010 InstItute of HIstorIc BuIldIng conservatIon yearBook The home of the conservation professional

3 Foreword This time last year I was looking forward to the Annual School at Buxton and I have to say we were not disappointed – even the weather lived up to expectations. Now it is the turn of the London Branch who will not be the last to use the by-line ‘Going for Gold’ as we run up to the Olympics. It is easy to enjoy these highlights of the IHBC year without really appreciating the months and even years that are put into the preparations by the unsung volunteers of our branches. Some even manage to pop out their regional conferences on the way. The organisational capacity of our branches to deliver high quality events, newsletters and guidance is one of the Institute’s greatest strengths. As ever, though, too much is done by too few and the generosity of volunteering can easily be strained. So, if you are new to the IHBC or new to your branch, do get in touch – there is always room to contribute time and talents, as well as the modest subscription. We know that there are new faces because the last year saw an important milestone in our membership. At the outset of the institute, the aim of getting to 2,000 members by the year 2000 was possibly too ambitious. Now, however, we have reached our second millennium and we are well over 2,010 in 2010. More important perhaps is the fact that 20 per cent of our membership has joined within the last two years. This is a very healthy indicator of vitality, which is paralleled by our equally positive age and gender profiles. When Baroness Andrews spoke at the Guildford Annual School, she was very surprised to find so many women in the heritage sector. Clearly, we are confounding expectations. The IHBC has never been afraid of punching above its weight, and increasing numbers give us more strength to do so. When I spoke to the new president of the Royal Town Planning Institute about the effectiveness of our partnership in responding to the draft of what was then PPS15, she generously said ‘Ah, but you did all the work!’ And there’s the point: we have a formidable network of expertise mobilised through an active branch and committee structure, but partnership with the RTPI brought the weight of another 22,000 members. Of course, a gathering reputation for responsiveness simply draws in more consultations. This places an increasing burden of coordination on James Caird, our consultations consultant – another unsung hero. Fortunately, he seems to shoulder this with an air of quiet efficiency. Nonetheless, we will be looking for further partners to help us make our voice heard on other topics. The triumph of consultation can be seen in the very positive progress made between the draft PPS15 and the published PPS5, which would not have happened without the coordinated engagement of the heritage sector. The next year will see us adjusting to the new vocabulary of heritage assets measured by their significance. There is much to do if we are to ensure that the new emphasis on significance is delivered as effectively as the ‘familiar and cherished’ policies of the past. The IHBC is well aware of the perils that lie ahead, particularly in local authorities, and will do all it can to help. If we can just hold on to some resources, a downturn is a great time to get our respective houses in order. Of course, the IHBC Yearbook is the first aid to being more efficient. Use it to keep informed and keep in touch. And, as the proverbial swan glides into another successful year, my thanks go to all those who are paddling furiously out of sight below the water. Eddie Booth IHBC President

4 Y e a r b o o k 2 0 1 0 Structure of the IHBC Yorkshire Keith Knight yorkshire@ihbc.org.uk Scotland Stuart Edymann scotland@ihbc.org.uk South Julia Foster south@ihbc.org.uk South East David Kincaid southeast@ihbc.org.uk South West Ian Lund ian_lund@bathnes.gov.uk Wales Nathan Blanchard wales@ihbc.org.uk West Midlands Charles Shapcott westmids@ihbc.org.uk FINANCE& RESOURCESCOMMITTEE Committee Chair Richard Morrice resources@ihbc.org.uk Treasurer Michael Knights treasurer@ihbc.org.uk Chair of Council Dave Chetwyn chair@ihbc.org.uk PRESIDENT Eddie Booth president@ihbc.org.uk CHAIR Dave Chetwyn chair@ihbc.org.uk B R A N C H C O U N C I L M E M B E R S B R A N C H C O U N C I L M E M B E R S SECRETARY Richard Morrice secretary@ihbc.org.uk Administrator Lydia Porter admin@ihbc.org.uk EDUCATIONTRAINING & STANDARDS COMMITTEE Education Secretary and Committee Chair John Preston education@ihbc.org.uk COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH COMMITTEE Communications & Outreach Secretary and Committee Chair Charles Strang communications@ihbc.org.uk Editorial Board Chair Fiona Newton editorial@ihbc.org.uk Publicity Secretary Douglas Black publicity@ihbc.org.uk POLICY COMMITTEE Policy Secretary and Committee Chair Mike Brown policy@ihbc.org.uk Government Liaison Secretary Bob Kindred government@ihbc.org.uk MEMBERSHIP & ETHICS COMMITTEE Membership Secretary and Committee Chair Jo Evans membership@ihbc.org.uk NOTES Red text indicates voting posts of Council. Other o cers can attend Council as required. For further details of the regional branch contacts see map on page 6. For contact details of all others please refer to the directory of members on page 46. East Midlands Roy Lewis eastmids@ihbc.org.uk London David McDonald london@ihbc.org.uk North Geo Underwood north@ihbc.org.uk Northern Ireland Sharon Brown northernireland@ihbc.org.uk North West Kate Borland northwest@ihbc.org.uk East Anglia Phil Godwin eastanglia@ihbc.org.uk Projects Ocer Fiona Newton projects@ihbc.org.uk Membership Services Ocer Joanna Theobald membershipservices@ihbc.org.uk DIRECTOR Seán O‘Reilly director@ihbc.org.uk IHBC NATIONAL OFFICE VICE CHAIR Sheila Stones vchair@ihbc.org.uk COUNCIL

5 s t r u c t u r e a n d m e m b e r s h i p RICHARD MORRICE, SECRETARY is an architectural historian and has been an inspector of historic buildings with English Heritage since 1982. He was Projects Officer from 1991 to 1995 and has since been Secretary. secretary@ihbc.org.uk JOHN PRESTON, EDUCATION SECRETARY read architecture and art history at Cambridge University before becoming a planner and then a conservation officer. He is now Historic Environment Manager for Cambridge City Council. Having been East Anglia branch officer for the ACO for 10 years, he has been promoting awareness of, best practice in, and standards for conservation work at local and national levels for over 20 years. education@ihbc.org.uk SHEILA STONES, VICE CHAIR has been Historic Buildings and Areas Advisor with English Heritage since 2000. Prior to this she was Senior Conservation Officer with Salford Council for eight years. She was Chair of the IHBC North West branch and is currently Secretary of the London branch and a main organiser of its annual day conferences. She originally trained as a planner and worked in both private practice and local government in the Midlands before specialising in conservation. vchair@ihbc.org.uk CHARLES STRANG, COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH SECRETARY is a chartered architect and planner. He studied architecture and urban and regional planning at Strathclyde University. He worked for 14 years in local government before joining National Trust for Scotland as Head of Planning, later becoming Director of Buildings and Gardens. He is now a sole practitioner specialising in conservation architecture and planning, and a trustee of the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust. communications@ihbc.org.uk EDDIE BOOTH, PRESIDENT was IHBC Chair from 2001 to 2004. He is a director of The Conservation Studio and was previously a historic areas advisor at English Heritage. He is also a trustee of the Woodchester Mansion Trust, a board member of the National Heritage Training Academy (SW), and a member of the design review panel for the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company. president@ihbc.org.uk MIKE BROWN, POLICY SECRETARY is a past Communications and Outreach Secretary and chairman of the editorial board. He is a chartered building surveyor and is currently Team Leader for Conservation and Design at the London Borough of Enfield. He also serves on the London branch committee. policy@ihbc.org.uk DAVE CHETWYN, CHAIRMAN is the director of DJC1 Planning Limited, a private consultancy and training practice. He is also a director/ trustee of Urban Vision North Staffordshire. Prior to this he was Head of Planning Aid England and before that spent 17 years working in local government, specialising in design and heritageled regeneration. He has also helped to develop and deliver training and adult education programmes for CABE, the Civic Trust and Keele University. chair@ihbc.org.uk JO EVANS, MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY is a historic buildings consultant working for two local authorities as well as numerous and wide-ranging private clients. She was in local government conservation for 12 years at Brighton and Guildford. She has been on the committee of the South East branch for many years, first as treasurer and latterly as membership secretary. membership@ihbc.org.uk MICHAEL KNIGHTS, TREASURER led the conservation team at Norfolk County Council for the 20 years prior to his retirement in 2010. A planner by training, he was formerly Museum Director of the Heritage Brewery Museum at Burton-upon-Trent and, before that, conservation officer for East Staffordshire District Council. He has been IHBC Treasurer since 2002. treasurer@ihbc.org.uk elected officers


7 s t r u c t u r e a n d m e m b e r s h i p WEST MIDLANDS (HEREFORDSHIRE, WORCESTERSHIRE, SHROPSHIRE, STAFFORDSHIRE, WARWICKSHIRE AND WEST MIDLANDS) Branch Council Member Charles Shapcott westmids@ihbc.org.uk YORKSHIRE (ALL YORKSHIRE COUNTIES) Branch Council Member Keith Knight yorkshire@ihbc.org.uk FOREIGN MEMBERS (ALL COUNTRIES) Contact Membership Secretary Jo Evans membership@ihbc.org.uk SOUTH EAST (EAST SUSSEX, KENT, SURREY AND WEST SUSSEX) Branch Council Member David Kincaid southeast@ihbc.org.uk SOUTH WEST (CORNWALL, DEVON, DORSET, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, SCILLY ISLANDS, SOMERSET AND WILTSHIRE) Branch Council Member Ian Lund southwest@ihbc.org.uk WALES (ALL ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS) Branch Council Member Nathan Blanchard wales@ihbc.org.uk NORTHERN IRELAND (ALL COUNTIES) Branch Council Member Sharon Brown northernireland@ihbc.org.uk SCOTLAND (ALL ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS AND ISLANDS) Branch Council Member Stuart EYDmann scotland@ihbc.org.uk SOUTH (BERKSHIRE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, CHANNEL ISLANDS, HAMPSHIRE, ISLE OF WIGHT AND OXFORDSHIRE) Branch Council Member Julia Foster south@ihbc.org.uk

8 Y e a r b o o k 2 0 1 0 The institute aims to offer membership to all those who care for or about the historic environment, and our members are drawn from many disciplines. They include architects, town planners, building surveyors, estate managers, structural engineers, landscape architects, architectural historians, Membership of the IHBC local authority conservation officers, officers from national conservation organisations, academics and private practitioners. Membership of the institute is aimed at being inclusive rather than exclusive, as far as the maintenance of proper professional standards will allow. There are therefore three categories of membership available: Full membership of the institute is open to all whose principal skill, expertise, training and employment is in providing specialist advice for the conservation of the historic environment. Full Members are normally expected to demonstrate skills and experience in line with the institute’s four Areas of Competence (see page 9) although, at the discretion of the Membership Committee and/ or Council, significant skills in one or more areas may be seen to outweigh weaknesses in one of the other areas. Anybody who satisfies these requirements and has at least five years relevant experience would normally be considered eligible for full membership. For those who have gained a qualification from a conservation course which has received initial or full recognition from the institute the necessary period of relevant experience is reduced from five years to two years. Affiliate membership is available for those who have not yet demonstrated to Council the criteria for full membership, but wish eventually to gain full membership. Associate membership is available for those who, although they may not qualify for full membership, are committed to and support the aims and objectives of the institute and have obtained the support of a Full Member of the institute for their application. In addition to the above membership categories, there are two special membership types which affect the annual subscription rate. There is also the possibility of negotiating another rate for libraries which would not wish to have an individual membership. Concessions Membership is available at concessionary rates for those who are on low wages. Those on the IHBC members on tour at Buxton Pavilion Gardens

9 s t r u c t u r e a n d m e m b e r s h i p concessionary rate will normally be full-time students participating as Affiliates but may unusually be Full Members or Associate Members. Other Members who make a case to the Membership Committee that they are suffering financial hardship due to low wage or part time work may be eligible for the reduced rate. All forms of concessionary membership last only for the subscription year that they are agreed. Unless a case is made to the Membership Secretary in any following year, the annual subscription will revert to the normal rate. Retired This form of membership allows a reduced subscription rate for existing Members who retire but wish to remain in contact with the institute although they are no longer gainfully employed in conservation. Those wishing to apply for this form of membership should write to the Membership Secretary confirming that they are no longer gainfully employed in conservation or otherwise. Libraries This is a form of Associate membership where an organisation, rather than an individual, has institute membership. Those wishing to apply for this form of membership should contact the Membership Secretary who will advise them of the subscription rate applicable. All Members have the right to receive notices, literature and Context. Only Full Members have the right to attend General Meetings although all categories of membership will normally be notified of such meetings and will be encouraged to attend. Only Full Members can vote at General Meetings. Full Members and Affiliate Members may speak at General Meetings. Associate Members may not speak or vote at General Meetings. The Membership Committee, subject to the approval of Council, will decide on eligibility for and class of membership. All membership information is kept on a computer database and names and addresses can be used for mailing of appropriate information to Members subject to stated preferences on the membership application form and careful control by officers. MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS The membership subscription year is from 1 April to 31 March each year. Subscriptions are due on the 1 April and can be paid by direct debit or by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to the ‘Institute of Historic Building Conservation’. The membership subscriptions from April 2010 are: Members, Affiliates and Associates £95 per annum For members on an income calculated as below ½ mean annual income of conservation staff as calculated by the institute from time to time, a concessionary rate will be available at £60 per annum. This concession will be subject to annual review. Retired Members £38 per annum Concessionary Members £20 per annum. Further details For a membership application pack, please contact Lydia Porter, at the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, Jubilee House, High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6HA, Tel 01747 873133 Fax 01747 871718 E-mail admin@ihbc.org.uk. IHBC members by employment Education 2% Misc 4% Local government 40% Central government 9% NGOs 3% Voluntary sector 4% Private sector 38% 108 Surveyors 30 Engineers 348 Architects 486 Town planners 496 IHBC only (Full Members) 564 IHBC only (Affiliates and Associates only) 57 Builders 64 Archaeologists All IHBC members by professional affiliation

10 Y e a r b o o k 2 0 1 0 AREAS OF COMPETENCE AND COMPETENCES FOR IHBC MEMBERS The ‘competences’ provide an outline of the skills, knowledge and experience required to fulfill the requirements of institute membership. Prospective Members are advised to refer to the institute’s current guidance for applicants, Membership Standards, Criteria and Guidelines (2008) which is posted on our website’s membership pages – see www.ihbc.org. uk/membership_downloads. htm. The following provides a brief summary of the principal headings: AREA OF COMPETENCE Professional 1 Philosophy Appreciation of the social, cultural, political, aesthetic, economic and environmental values that underpin current conservation policy and practice 2 Practice Awareness of the wider context of conservation, including knowledge of and ability to interact effectively with all bodies and individuals who have a significant role to play in the field AREA OF COMPETENCE Practical: Evaluation 3 History Knowledge of the development of the historic environment including the remains of previous periods and cultures, historic buildings and settlements, works of engineering, parks, gardens and other elements of the historic landscape 4 Research/Recording/Analysis Ability to carry out or commission research, analysis and recording of the historic environment, and to maintain records accordingly AREA OF COMPETENCE Practical: Management 5 Legislation/Policy Knowledge of the legislative and policy framework for the conservation of the historic environment, its formulation locally and nationally, and awareness of other relevant legislation and policies 6 Finance/Economics Understanding of the process for the procuring of buildings and facilitating development, including finance, valuation, cost planning and contracts, with specific reference to historic buildings and areas AREA OF COMPETENCE Practical: Intervention 7 Design/Presentation Ability to analyse and evaluate quality of design, existing and proposed, of buildings and areas, and to present the results of such analysis in a way understandable to both professional and lay audiences 8 Technology Knowledge of building construction of all periods, the characteristics of structures, the nature and properties of building materials and appropriate methods of repair and alteration of historic fabric. IHBC CODE OF CONDUCT The object of the IHBC Code of Conduct is to promote those standards of conduct and selfdiscipline required of a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation in the interests of the public and the protection of the built heritage. The main object of the institute is the promotion, for the benefit of the public, of the conservation of, and education and training in, the conservation and preservation of buildings, structures, areas, gardens and landscapes which are of architectural and historical interest and/or value in the United Kingdom. This built heritage of the United Kingdom, which is part of society’s common heritage and which should be available to everyone, is, however, a limited and irreplaceable resource. It is therefore the duty of all Members to act for and to promote its protection. Subscription to this Code of Conduct for individuals involved in the conservation and preservation of the built heritage assumes acceptance of these responsibilities. Those who subscribe to it and carry out its provisions will thereby be identified as persons professing specific standards of competence, responsibility and ethical behaviour in the pursuit of historic building conservation work. This code therefore indicates the general standard of conduct to which Members of the institute are expected to adhere, failing which its governing body may judge them guilty of conduct unbecoming to a Member of the institute and may reprimand, suspend or expel them. Full details of the Code of Conduct may be found on the IHBC website at www.ihbc.org. uk/membership_downloads.htm. Areas of Competence Professional Practical: Evaluation Practical: Management Practical: Intervention Competences 1. Philosophy 3. History 5. Legislation/ Policy 7. Design/ Presentation 2. Practice 4. Research/ Recording/ Analysis 6. Finance/ Economics 8. Technology A string course character at Cardiff Castle contemplates the future

review Tempus fugit: a pre-application meeting between the college’s clerk of works and Cambridge City Council’s conservation officer to discuss damage caused by pigeons to the clock tower of Trinity College, Cambridge Photo: Jonathan Taylor

Flushness The Innovators in Roo ighting Roo ighting in the Conservation Environment The Conservation Roo ight® from the Roo ight Company has more sizes in different widths than any other supplier Somerset House, London The Roo ight Company supplied 40 specially-designed roo ights for Somerset House in 1997. These were exact copies of the original, bespoke roo ights dating from the turn of the century. With access to the roof being a major problem low maintenance was essential, hence the decision to specify steel roo ights with a protective coating. All the different sizes and shapes of roo ights had to be painstakingly surveyed on site with the appropriate design and dimensions drawn up and proposed to the project architect, George Goff of TGB Consult. A grey / olive colour was speciŠed to match the original Cumberland slate tiles of which most were retained. A second project for a at roof at Somerset House consisting of six 600 x 1200 mm white Plateau Roo ights is currently being completed. Somerset House - 40 Special roo ights precisely copying the originals Visit the new website www.theroo ightcompany.co.uk for technical information and over 50 case studies or call 01993 833108 for a brochure on the Conservation Roo ight®. Size Matters The second design consideration arising from the survey is the size of roo ights particularly on Listed buildings. Conservation OfŠcers stated that over-sizing was causing the roo ine to be dominated by roo ights. Since roo ights provide 20% more light than dormer windows, the size of the roo ight can be scaled down; sensitive positioning is also very important. The Roo ight Company is the only roo ight provider to offer 8 small and narrow roo ights in the standard range. Results of a recent survey conducted with 70 Conservation OfŠcers highlight the fact that there is one overriding criterion for the desired appearance of conservation-style roo ights. That is that they should be as ush with the roof as possible. The survey also indicates that Conservation OfŠcers are concerned that some ‘conservation roo ights’ do not adhere to this and present the glazing several centimetres above the level of the roof. The Roo ight Company helps to ensure ush installation by producing a low proŠle design and by including ush slate details in our installation manual and on our website. The Conservation Roo ight® developed by architect Peter King has ne lines and lies ush to replicate the cast-iron model Built in 1839 the Roundhouse at the Grade II listed Derby Railway Works has been restored and transformed for Derby Colleges by Maber Architects and contractors Bowmer and Kirkland. The roof posed the largest challenge and consequently consultation from the Roo ight Company was sought both because of its poor state and because it offered one of the few opportunities to improve the thermal performance. Part of the reconstruction of the roof included the reinstatement of a circle of 48 trapezoidal roo ights, of which 36 had to open remotely using electric actuators. These roo ights needed to be 2.3m long and follow the line of the roof hip, but with straight bars. ‘There was a limited number of companies that could do that span and make them open,’ said Project Architect Ian Harris. These special versions of the Conservation Roo ight® from the Roo ight Company provided the ventilation and thermal requirements, and, with their slender frames, matched the appearance of the roo ights in the original photographs. The scheme as a whole has already featured in English Heritage's recent “Constructive Conservation” book as one of 20 exemplar projects nationwide. Roundhouse, Derby Special roo ights closely match the original roo ights

r e v i e w 13 Chairman’s Review Dave Chetwyn, IHBC Chair This will be my last yearbook report as Chair of the IHBC. I am due to stand down in June. The time has passed quickly since being elected in 2007. The role has been enjoyable, challenging, stimulating, frustrating and entertaining; in short, character-building. The world, the built environment sector and the Institute have all changed appreciably during this time. Over the past two years, the economy shifted from a period of prolonged growth to the deepest recession in living memory. The western banking system teetered on the edge of oblivion, and in some instances tipped over the edge. The construction sector collapsed, especially house building. This has inevitably impacted on heritage regeneration projects and heritage jobs all around the country. Climate change became more firmly embedded in policy, legislation and practice and this is changing the way in which we think and work. Social networking, energy security, terrorism and Jedwood have also brought about new challenges and opportunities. The IHBC has also changed. Last year marked a milestone for the institute, with the membership increasing to more than 2,000 for the first time. This represents a 30 per cent increase over 30 months. The nature of that membership has changed too, with roughly similar proportions now being from the public and private sectors (see pie chart, p9). The overwhelming majority of members are still from built environment and placemaking disciplines, with chartered planners, architects and surveyors accounting for three-quarters of the membership. Interestingly, there is also a growing proportion of members who have chosen to specialise earlier on in their career, obtaining a specific conservation qualification at the outset rather than going down another associated professional route first. In response to our multidisciplinary nature, our institute has developed stronger links to other professional bodies where we have common membership, working jointly with the RTPI, RIBA, RICS and others. We also became a member the National Planning Forum. Our profile and media presence has also improved, including interviews on national radio and coverage in a range of publications. In terms of influencing and lobbying, we have shifted gear, improving our links with government departments, devolved governments, and a range of ministers extending to first minister level. We have also developed other influencing activities and have been represented on a range of steering and stakeholder groups. We have responded to a wide range of consultations, and given evidence to parliamentary select committees. These activities have made a real difference to outcomes in many instances. The establishment of IHBC Enterprises, a trading arm, has allowed us to run projects, conferences and events, including our Annual School (which had record attendance last year). This allows us to carry out business activity that has a genuine connection with the aims of the IHBC and the sector. IHBC now employs more staff and this has allowed the delivery of improved member services, including a streamlined membership application process, a better website, research to support conservation services, a wider range of CPD events, authoritative consultation responses, and a web-based NewsBlog that is used by many as their key source of conservation information. The Historic Environment Service Provider Recognition scheme, HESPR, has been introduced for private consultants specialising in conservation. The companies recognised through the service use the IHBC membership of one of their employees as both a standard and a mechanism for quality control. HESPR is the third most popular destination on the IHBC website, after the home and jobs pages, and we hope it will become an Dave Chetwyn leading a meeting of Council at the Cardiff School with (from the left) Charles Shapcott, John Preston and Seán O’Reilly: thirst-making work! (Photo: Fiona Newton)

14 Y e a r b o o k 2 0 1 0 important resource for anyone looking for professional conservation advice. All of these achievements are a result of the incredible commitment of the IHBC’s staff and volunteers, at UK, national and regional levels. The institute relies on the considerable goodwill of many individuals and it has been a pleasure to work with so many talented people. For anyone wishing to support the IHBC and at the same time develop new skills, I would strongly recommend volunteering. It takes time and can be demanding, but it is also very rewarding and provides experience that the day job often can’t. There are some consolations for the time commitment too. I have been privileged to visit some fantastic historic places and amazing historic interiors over the past few years, including Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, The Banqueting House in Whitehall, Cardiff Castle, Lancaster House, and numerous other places of varying levels of taste. But for me the most interesting places have often been industrial areas, city centres and towns, where design and heritage-led regeneration have often driven dramatic physical and economic transformations. IHBC’s cross-sector and multidisciplinary membership provides a broad perspective as a professional body. IHBC is concerned with professional standards across disciplines and sectors. This is our particular strength. It also means that our focus is on the wider context, including the social and economic values of heritage and its role in supporting sustainable development. Too often, heritage is seen in narrow terms. Heritage is not just about understanding, interpretation and visitor attractions. It is part of the infrastructure of our society today. Historic buildings, spaces and areas are places to live, work, invest and spend leisure time. The key stakeholders are the owners, occupiers and users of heritage. For many of our members, the challenge is in finding solutions to reconcile such functional needs with the conservation of historic fabric. I have met many inspirational IHBC members over the past few years who have enabled heritage to be used in creative ways to deliver benefits to their local areas. This has not been achieved by a narrow focus on significance, but by addressing the widest range of issues and working with a range of stakeholders. It is for this reason that I have taken the wider social and economic benefits of heritage and its contribution to sustainable development as key themes of my chairmanship. Heritage will only gain wider support and resources if The refurbished Brunswick centre in Bloomsbury; an unusual example of heritage-led regeneration (Photo: Dave Chetwyn) there is a better understanding by key decision makers of the complex ways in which it creates public benefit. This goes very far beyond concern with tourism and visitors. The planning system has been under attack over the past few years, with a string of efficiency reviews. These have focused on process and simplistic economic analysis. However, they have largely failed to grasp the economic importance of ‘quality of place’ (both old and new). The draft PPS15 issued in 2009 demonstrated that there is a poor understanding of the positive roles heritage plays in delivering economic regeneration and sustainable development. I have long held the opinion that this narrow view of heritage is symptomatic of the separation that occurred in 1990 of parts of the place-making side of planning from the mainstream planning and regeneration ministry. There are still difficult times ahead. The recession has touched many of us. The heritage sector will have to fight its corner as resources are squeezed, but IHBC is in a stronger position than ever to help the sector face the challenge. Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the past few years. It has been a genuine pleasure working with you. Now for some therapy… Dave Chetwyn, chair@ihbc.org.uk

r e v i e w 15 Welcome Home! Seán O’Reilly, IHBC Director The IHBC has successfully identified itself as the ‘home of the conservation professional’. I want to explain here how our recent work has marked out the IHBC as the home for those with specialist interests in conservation, and to look ahead to how we might support the conservation family. Many join the IHBC for the substantial recognition that our profile and professionalism bring to their career and work. Others appreciate the great value, high quality and relevant support we provide for CPD (continuing professional development). The benefits of IHBC membership are wide ranging: publications, training, information, advice, networking services and, as we are a charity, the good causes we serve. More than ever, conservation professionals seek from us both collective support for their values, and added capacity to help them do their job better. The leading professional bodies in the building industry increasingly reflect the more environmentally aware aspects of the 21st century by extending conservation skills within their membership. We welcome any initiatives that raise standards within professions, although the IHBC continues as the gold standard for the conservation professional. This is for good reasons. IHBC members are uniquely required to demonstrate a suitable level of understanding of the diverse values and potential of place, and they use this to inform their advice on conservation. IHBC’s membership often only commences with conservation skills cultivated within an individual’s own specialist area. Professional or Full Member status registers a capacity and responsibility that extends far beyond a single specialism or discipline. For all that high aspiration, we are also very conscious of the need to welcome the full breadth of interests in our built and historic places. We work closely with partners across those different areas, from substantial professional bodies working in the mainstream construction industry, to forum bodies representing the most diverse of community interests, such as the newly-re-titled Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link), and the Built Environment Forum Scotland. We also take great care to reflect our UK membership in its entirety, although of course there is no single answer to the challenges of devolved interests. Above all, we realise that many of the people who have an interest in conservation but are not conservation professionals as such, can benefit from access to our services. The wider distribution of benefits outweighs any more immediate impact on membership numbers. Support and services While we have always seen ourselves as the ‘home of the conservation professional’, it is only over the last few years as our achievements have become better known that we have secured wider recognition for the primacy of the IHBC. The institute is now established as the home for our members, bringing them together through the services, benefits, advocacy and culture we support. The IHBC NewsBlog, our website’s homepage news service and its associated email alerts, has been our most important recent development in securing that sense of home. It provides a quick, updated distillation of current news for the sector across the UK. The NewsBlog is necessarily selective: we can’t overburden members with the full spectrum The home of the conservation professional free offer! The IHBC offers a unique range of support and services for anyone interested in the conservation of our historic buildings and places. If you’re not familiar with our work, and you’d like to see how we might be able to help you in the future, just contact our national office and we’ll arrange for you to sample some of the benefits of IHBC membership. We hope that, if you like them, you’ll consider joining us and supporting our diverse community of professionals and supporters. We’d also like to show you the kind of home we have created for people who care about our historic environment and the way we look after it.

16 Y e a r b o o k 2 0 1 0 of news that might be relevant. It is always a matter of careful judgement, and our success in getting the right balance is confirmed by members’ keenness to subscribe to the service. Clearly, as we shape and articulate a common understanding of conservation through our NewsBlogs, our home becomes better appointed, and our members gain a clearer sense of belonging. As a home for a modern professional, the IHBC is now well equipped with every convenience that one might expect. As well as the NewsBlog, this home also offers many other services and benefits which together create that clear sense of a professional culture of conservation: • the extensive information resource offered through the website, and through the NewsBlog in particular, keeps members abreast of developments daily • five annual issues of the journal Context and one of the IHBC Yearbook regularly deliver the extensive range of information required, direct to each member • consultations on current initiatives ensure that all IHBC members get to be involved in shaping the infrastructure of the built and historic environment • regional branch meetings and national events such as the IHBC annual school, bring conservation professionals together from across the country, to learn from specialists and each other, to network and gain CPD. Some services are offered to members only, usually where costs require it, as with Context. However, many are made available to colleagues across the sector and to the general public as a whole, as in the case of the web service. So, where capacity allows, we welcome non-members to our training events, we offer bursaries to students to attend our schools, and we always do what we reasonably can to support and assist other educational and civic initiatives that, like us, suffer from limited capacity. Our open-ended support for the sector reflects our wider charitable duties. It also represents a core awareness in our membership: the need to support the broadest interests in historic places. It underpins the understanding that a proportion of members’ subscription fees goes to support these wider sector needs. The success of our support for both our members and the sector as a whole was clearly demonstrated by more milestone achievements last year. These include: • record membership • record attendance at training events, and at the annual school in particular • two new services; our professional listing (HESPR) and professional indemnity schemes • raised political profile, not only through contributing to a plethora of government reviews, but also through this year’s meeting of IHBC Council at the Cardiff conference • benchmark advocacy: we helped secure a remarkable response to the draft policy (PPS) for England’s historic environment. While 2009 was clearly a great year for IHBC, the achievements provide only a sketch of the potential of the institute. It is easy to forget that we were founded just 12 years ago: we are growing fast. Standards: the foundations of our home The care and conservation of the historic environment must, of course, be founded on the application of standards, and we have been working hard to articulate those standards more effectively. As the professional body for everyone working in this field, IHBC members come from a diverse range of disciplines; there is no single profile that fits them all. They are usually multi-skilled and often multi-qualified. Indeed we regard the Seán O’Reilly introduces Welsh Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones at the IHBC’s Cardiff conference in September 2009. (Photo: Fiona Newton) A packed meeting of IHBC’s South West branch listens to a presentation on HPR by the head of English Heritage’s designation team, Roger Bowdler in October 2009. (Photo: Jonathan Taylor)

r e v i e w 17 diversity of disciplines and skills in the IHBC as our particular strength, not least because internationally agreed requirements for conservation and the management of historic or sensitive places require a broad range of people and skills. However, this means that we have had to adopt a range of approaches to create coherent standards for our variegated family of professionals and perspectives. So, in essence, the membership standard set by the IHBC is that members must demonstrate competence in historic and built environment conservation. This is the foundation on which our conservation home is built. IHBC membership registers a person’s capacity, and responsibility, to inform their professional activity with experience that extends beyond their own professional specialism, and look to the best outcome for the place under their care or guidance. Two international statements define our approach: The ICOMOS ‘Guidelines for Education and Training in the Conservation of Monuments, Ensembles and Sites’, which defines our cultural perspective on places (http://www.icomos.org/docs/ guidelines_for_education.html) The World Bank’s model of environmental project management, which articulates the management processes within which our members must be able to apply their skills (http://tiny.cc/hs0tr/ – Cultural Heritage in Environmental Assessment). Both statements stress the need for integrated and diverse skills, individually and as part of a team. In this, they reinforce the value of the IHBC’s own inter-disciplinary culture. ICOMOS guidelines ensure that cultural perspectives are respected, and the World Bank model ensures that their application is rooted, as conservation must be, in the real world. We test applicants against these standards, using generic systems to assess skill levels and determine competence. IHBC membership, correspondingly, demands an understanding of the values that need to be recognised in place conservation, as well as a capacity to understand pressures across the full range of processes that shape those places. Together the ICOMOS and World Bank positions circumscribe the standards that underpin the IHBC: they are the foundations of our conservation home. By extending these principles across our educational activities, we support conservation professionals from a variety of backgrounds. These foundations include: • membership criteria, our Areas of Competence • continuing professional development (CPD) • conservation course recognition • CPD service providers recognition • performance evaluation of training. Abstract standards don’t define a profession, any more than foundations define a house, but they do underpin its success for the future. 2010: conservation and future planning Our current achievements show how much the institute has done to gather the diverse specialist interests in conservation within a supportive and coherent mantel. But although 2009 has been successful, not all our hopes for the year were realised. CapacityBuild, a web resource being developed to help volunteers access capacity within the institute’s members, is almost ready for its web-launch, but urgent concerns over the draft PPS on the historic environment in England meant that all our own spare capacity had to be curtailed. Instead we now hope for a formal launch in 2010. Similarly, the huge amount of time consumed by our advocacy work, especially in England, meant that we have had to hold back on our proposed mentoring programme for prospective full members. We need to be sure that we have the right balance of support offered for all members, both volunteers and applicants, and we are progressing the plan, focusing now on fine-tuning the details before any formal launch. Once in place, however, these initiatives will add more colour and an even warmer welcome to the IHBC as the home for conservation professionals, whatever your background. These are just a few of the great plans we’re working up just now and preparing for our forthcoming corporate plan. So there’s a lot to look forward to. Seán O’Reilly, director@ihbc.org.uk Delegates at the IHBC’s sell-out Annual School in June 2009 soak up Buxton’s breath-taking architecture.