Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Professional

Understanding Building Conservation

19-20 July 2018


With over 6 million traditional buildings and over 500,000 listed monuments in the UK, there is a considerable need for building professionals to understand the nature and practicalities of conservation.  For this reason, we have developed a course looking at conservation for both residential and commercial property as well as historic monuments.

In accordance with the ICOMOS (International Council On Monuments and Sites) Training and Education Guideline and the latest British Standard on conservation of historic buildings (BS 7913: 2013) the course will introduce the philosophy behind conservation before going into detail regarding the technical analysis of buildings, ensembles and sites, diagnosing issues, identifying the best building conservation solutions, working with the various  stakeholders, and ultimately providing advice regarding best practice.

At the end of the 2 days, you will be confident in your ability to apply practical skills towards building conservation, will feel much better informed in this field of practice, and will receive a certificate of attainment from the CIOB if you pass the end of course test. Moreover, those who pass the course will be eligible for further recognition under the new CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme.

15% of discount to IHBC Members.

Further details and bookings here>>

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>>


New Towns Heritage: Post-War Legacy and 21st Century Future

5 July 2018
Coventry University, Technology Park, Coventry, UK

This event is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The increasing interest on the post-war architectural, design and planning heritage of UK and European New Towns engages urban and cultural researchers and practitioners, policy makers and civic society organizations to jointly explore the urban heritage in post-war new towns in the UK and mainland Europe.

The New Towns Heritage Research Network has organised a series of events, concentrating on the diverse examples of Milton Keynes, Harlow, Peterborough and Rotterdam. There is still much to be done in order to study and assess the New Town Heritage and consider ways to promote its value and protect it in the context of contemporary growth and change.

 The Plenary Conference in Coventry which will build on the exploration to date, share wider views and research on 20th century post-war New Town Heritage and develop a strategy for further expansion of the network including a New Town Heritage Research and Policy Agenda.

The conference will be considering a proposal for a New Town Heritage Manifesto.

You are invited to join us for this FREE EVENT.

A detailed programme of speakers and sessions will follow shortly.

Please signal your interest early to Dr Noël James  and feel free to pass on to colleagues.

You can also register on our trial network forum at


The Future of British High Streets and Town Centres

13 June 2018

The British high street is one of our nation’s most characteristic urban features, and acts as a common public asset for all residents. However, for a number of years, the sustainability, vibrancy and prosperity of high streets nationwide have been in jeopardy. Approximately 14 outlets per day closed in the first half of 2017 (Local Data Company), whilst footfall on UK high streets decreased by 4.6% over the last year (British Retail Consortium). The retail workforce has also contracted to 3 million from approximately 3.2 million in 2008, with the BRC predicting a further reduction of 900,000 by 2025. Whilst the determinants of this trend are manifold, online shopping has unquestionably challenged high street retailers in transforming traditional consumer habits. On average, Britons spend £4,611 per person per year online, more than any other nation (The UK Cards Association, 2017).

In response, the Government announced a series of measures aimed at assisting businesses and underpinning their future success. In April 2017, the Chancellor’s business rate revaluation delivered “the biggest ever cut in business rates”, with a £6.7bn 5 year package. Nearly three quarters of businesses saw no change or a fall in bills, whilst 600,000 businesses were exempted from business rates altogether. In addition, business rates will be linked to RPI rather than CPI from 2020, saving businesses approximately £370 million. In January 2018, Public Health England released, Healthy High Streets, publishing a series of recommendations on promoting and improving the health of residents and wider communities through good place making in urban settings.

Further details here>>

Clay building – hands-on day

28 July 2018
Venue:  Priorslynn Bothy, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway, DG14 0SY

The venue is an 18th-century, cruck-framed, mud-walled byre, a very important and rare survival. Details of the day are not yet finalised, but you will probably need to bring a packed lunch, and there might be a nominal charge for materials.

If you wish to attend, please contact Niall Logan at