The course addresses seven on the ten core competencies of the RIBA curriculum and the award of the completion certificate is evidence for at least 20 hours of conservation-specific CPD, seven of which involve practical work with individual tuition. A minimum of 20 hours of continuing professional development is recommended by the RICS.
The seven core competencies covered are:
Being Safe – Health and Safety:
The course addresses the health and safety of the workforce, the professional advisor, and a building’s users, occupants and visitors, both in the planning of repair works and during their implementation.
External Management – clients, users, and delivery of service:
We discuss how to assess client and user needs at various stages of a repair project; in its planning, during implementation, and in the end results.
Internal Management – professionalism, practice, business and management:
We consider how a professional service should work during a repair project to achieve best efficiency and relationships with all others involved in the project, while following ethical processes and delivering best value in the cost and durability of the results.
Compliance – legal, regulatory, and statutory framework:
The course covers how processes that involve building regulations, and planning, listed building, and scheduled ancient monument controls can affect the planning and execution of a repair project.
Procurement and Contracts -
Tendering processes and forms of contract are included in the lectures.
Designing and building it – structural design, construction, technology and engineering
In the context of this course, “designing” means everything from the survey, the assessment of repair needs, and the structuring and writing of the specification, to the availability and performance of materials, and repair technologies ranging from the small-scale application of repair techniques to major engineering approaches.
Context – the historic environment and its setting
The course covers how the historical evolution of buildings and their construction technologies affects their repair today, especially in buildings of a complex historical chronology. We also consider the historical evolution of specifications and of the professional figure in the repair process.
Day 1: Welcome Lecture: A timely provifion, that nothing may be wanting or prevent the compleating of the works - the essential elements and functions of a specification, investigations and trials
Day 2: Lecture and site tour. Introduction to the practical exercise
Lectures: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - some salutary examples, A Quantity Surveyor's view of a specification, A perspective from private practice, A Contractor's Lot …views from the sharp end.
Open group Q&A and discussion with all the course tutors and opportunity for informal individual or group discussion on any aspects with all the course tutors.
Day 3: Exercises: The building appraisal and planning the repairs, with individual tuition and Writing the specification, with individual tuition
Day 4: Lectures: The results of the exercises summarised and discussed, A detailed case study and its lessons, Illustrated cases and problems from participants, The specification in context. Summary and Questions. Issue of certificates and depart.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Malcolm Starr - BCM Course Leader
Malcolm is a Historic England architect who previously worked in private practice, as an advisor in a county conservation team, and as a conservation officer in a local authority. His long and varied experience has involved him in a considerable number of specifications and the consequences of their qualities or deficiencies for historic buildings