Specifying works on historic buildings: Conservation Approaches

A one day CPD course to be held at the Heritage Skills Centre in Lincoln on 25 September 2017.
25 September 2017
Heritage Skills Centre Lincoln
£75 (£50 for students and early career professionals)

This course, to be held at the Historic Skills Centre, is designed to introduce those interested in the maintenance of heritage assets to the specification of works on historic buildings.

It is intended to introduce professionals with experience of specifying work on mainstream construction projects, or who those who are responsible for procuring professional services for the repair and maintenance of traditional buildings, to specification for historic buildings.

It will examine why specification software and frameworks for modern buildings are inappropriate for conservation work, introduce conservation philosophy as an approach to repair, maintenance and retrofit, and examine what the traditional materials pallet is. Consideration will also be given to appropriate new technologies and materials that are compatible with traditional building construction. Learners will leave able to understand best practice in approaches to specifying works on historic buildings.


To be held at the Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln on Monday 25 September 2017.


The Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle. More information on the venue can be found here.


The course costs £75, this price includes all course materials, refreshments, and lunch.

Email heritagepractice@le.ac.uk to take advantage of this offer

You can book online at our Shop@LE store.

Delegates are responsible for their own overnight accommodation. Visit Lincoln provides information on a variety of accommodation types to suit all pockets.

We have a limited number of places available for registered students and early career professionals at the special price of only £50 (including lunch, refreshments and course materials). For further information and to book email heritagepractice@le.ac.uk

If you wish to book a place and pay by invoice please contact Pete at heritagepractice@le.ac.uk.

Course Delivery Team

Alan Gardener

Alan Gardner heads up the practice and is a Chartered Building Surveyor, accredited in conservation, who specialises in the repair of historic buildings.

He was awarded a Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Lethaby Scholarship in 1995, worked for them for four years as their Technical Secretary and is a current member of their Technical Panel. After working for English Heritage, in their East of England Region, he returned to Private Practice and in 2005 set up Alan Gardner Associates. Having worked for SPAB, English Heritage, practically on site and in private practice provides Alan with a holistic background in historic building conservation.

Alan has taught for SPAB, the Heritage Skills Initiative and universities across the country, covering; historic building technology, specifying works on historic buildings, including training in live works and building materials for traditional construction.

Recent/current projects include: grant-aided repairs of listed churches, houses and scheduled ancient monuments; public park monument and boundary wall repairs; conservation and repair of war memorials; production of conservation plans and statements and, various consultancies on behalf of English Heritage.

Further Information

If you  have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Pete on heritagepractice@le.ac.uk or 0116 223 1987

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