Practical Building Conservation Update: Concrete-Metal-Glass

Thursday 5 March 2020, 9:30am
at The King's Centre, Norwich
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This course will help inform delegates from local authority historic environment services on appropriate materials and methods for use in historic buildings.  In this session we will be focusing on concrete, glass and metals across all periods. 

An emphasis on repair, maintenance and minor alterations will be framed by policy developments that encompass value-led decision making, but the focus will be on Historic England's research developments in technical conservation. We will provide practising conservation officers with an accessible update to their expertise in this area.

Who should attend?

This course aims to meet the demand of those who will gain from a more in-depth course on conservation methods and materials. This course is therefore targeted at local planning authority Historic Environment Services, but will be of interest to building and conservation roles working on heritage assets.

If you would like to find out more about whether this course is suitable for you, please e-mail:

Why should you join this course?

Delegates will learn about technical research that has led to developments in Historic England’s Practical Building Conservation advice. As well as explaining the rationale for updating the Practical Building Conservation series, the course positions materials-based maintenance and repair issues within the framework of significance and value-led approaches to conservation. However, the bulk of the course will provide technical updates to the target audience’s existing knowledge, allowing them to develop and inform their expertise in this specialist subject.


At the end of this course you will:

  • Have been informed about the recent updates to the Practical Building Conservation series.
  • Understand the position that maintenance, repairs and minor alterations to heritage buildings can be underpinned by value-led decision-making that seeks to protect significance, and that the performance of existing and replacement materials can enhance or detract from this.
  • Be able to provide more up-to-date technical advice to applicants for listed building consent.
  • Be able to analyse the features, materials and construction of buildings and robustly decide the most useful materials for repairing, maintaining or altering them.
  • To evaluate their approach to and advice around materials for conservation.
  • To leave the course with a view of the most current approaches to using traditional materials for the conservation of heritage buildings. They should feel confident in using the content of the course to inform their day-to-day listed building casework advice.


  • 05/03/2020

    09:30 - 16:30

    Programme for the day

    09:30 Registration
    10:00 Welcome
    10:15 Understanding Significance through materials
    10:45 Material 1: Concrete
    11:15 Material 2: Metals
    11:45 Break
    12:00 Workshop from a craftsperson to look at specific repair techniques. (e.g. concrete repair)
    12:45 Lunch
    13:30 Material 3: Glass and glazing
    14:00 Case study- Presentation
    14:30 Case study- on-site visit to assess possible repair and maintenance solutions
    16:00 Feedback on site visit- Panel Question Session.
    16:30 Course summary
    16:45 Close

    Please note this programme may be subject to change.

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