Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Intervention

St Pancras at 150: Regeneration and Revival

31 May 2018

Join an expert panel to discuss the past, present and future of St Pancras International in its 150th anniversary year.

Panellists include:

  • Duncan Wilson,Chief Executive of Historic England
  • Simon Jenkins,columnist for the Guardian and author of Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations
  • Josie Murray,Senior Heritage Advisor for HS1 Ltd
  • Simon Bradley,historian and author of St Pancras Station

Reopened in 2007 by Her Majesty the Queen, following an £800 million transformation, St Pancras International’s Victorian, neo-gothic splendour stands today as a centrepiece for a transformed Kings Cross.

With the area home to London’s Knowledge Quarter and with tens of millions of visitors and passengers each year, St Pancras is one of London’s central railway terminus and an iconic symbol of the UK’s gateway to Europe as the home of Eurostar.

Yet for a station that only narrowly avoided demolition in the 1960s, St Pancras’ future has not always shone so bright. Nor is this century the first time that St Pancras has played a transformative role in London.

Further information and bookings here>>


Building and Repairing Dry Stone Walls

21-22 June 2018
The Salmon Bothy, Portsoy, Banff

This 2-day Course will provide hands-on instruction and training in the skills and techniques involved in constructing and repairing Dry Stone Walls – and is aimed at Private Individuals, Estate and Farm Staff, Construction Industry Professionals, as well as those involved in landscape conservation and enhancement projects LCEP.

Further information on the ‘Building and Repairing Dry Stone Walls_Course’ Prospectus and Course Booking Form is attached.

Maintaining and Managing Amenity, Estate and Community Woodlands

31 May – 1 June 2018
Duff House, Banff

The Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre, is presenting a course: ‘Maintaining and Managing Amenity, Estate and Community Woodlands’ which is being held at Duff House, Banff on Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June.

This 2-day Course will combine expert tuition with hands-on skills training to provide those attending with an understanding of the requirements necessary in order to manage and maintain Forests and Woodlands – as well as individual trees, shelterbelts and hedgerows. The Lead Instructor for the Course is Mark Paterson – a highly knowledgeable and experienced authority on establishing, maintaining and managing Forest and Woodlands.

Past experience has shown that this highly popular Course will be of immense benefit to Estate Staff and others involved in Forest maintenance as well as Private Individuals, Landowners, members of Community Woodland Associations, Conservation organisations, and Local Authority landscape maintenance staff.

Please find attached a Course Prospectus, and Booking Form. If you require further information on this, or any other of our Course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone on 01888 511347 or by e-mail,

As places on the Course limited and are filling up quickly, if you would like to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.



Highlands & Islands Traditional Building Forum Annual Conference 2018

21 September 2018

Highlands & Islands Traditional Building Forum Annual Conference 2018

 ‘Traditional Buildings – Materials and Skills’

There is a need to ensure that the supply of traditional building materials and skills meets the repair and maintenance needs of the half a million pre-1900 building stock in Scotland. The availability and use of appropriate materials is essential to the supply and demand for traditional buildings skills. This conference includes presentations and exhibitors on traditional building materials including stone, mortar, timber, metals and glass and will conclude with a case study of the recently completed Inverness Town House repair project.

Date: Friday 21 September 2018

Time: Registration 08.45, Start 09.15, Finish 16.00.

Venue: Smithton Church, 1 Murray Rd, Smithton, Inverness IV2 7YU

Cost:  £95 per person (VAT exempt)

To receive further information: Send your e-mail address to


Professor David Mitchell – Director of Conservation, Historic Environment Scotland.

Nigel Copsey – Stonemason and Building Conservator, The Earth, Stone and Lime Company and Associates.

David Wiggins – Project Engineer, Curtins Consulting Ltd.

Dr Ewan Hyslop – Head of Technical Research & Science, Historic Environment Scotland.

Malcolm Thomson– D Blake & Co. Ltd