20.00- 2030- Welcome and Introduction, Getting to Know Others on the Course
09.00- 09.45- Lecture. The Role of Specifications
09.45-10.30- Lecture. Conveying Essential Information
10.30- 11.00- Break
11.00-12.30- Lecture. Specification Writing
13.30-15.30- Lecture. Schedules of Work
16.00- 17.30- Group Tutorial. Presentation of Case Studies
09.00-09.45-Lecture. The Heritage Context: Why specifications for repair and conservation differ from those in the rest of the construction industry
09.45-10.30- Lecture. Specifications and Statutory Consents
11.00-12.30- Lectures. The Conservation Contractor’s Perspective and Case Studies
12.30- 13.30- Lunch
13.30-14.15- Lecture. Understanding and Managing Risk
14.15-15.30- Lecture. Design and Service Life
16.00- 16.40- Practical Session. Introduction to the Survey and Specification Writing Exercise
16.45-17.30- Practical – Part 1. Site Survey and Fact Finding
09.00- Practical – Part 2. Preparation of a Schedule of Work and Specification
Group Tutorial. Review and discussion of Specifications produced during Practical sessions
15.15-15.30- Question and Answer Session
15.30 Issue 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)
Please bring a case study and be prepared to give a very brief (5 minute) presentation about your selected subject, which may be illustrated by images or a short Powerpoint (please supply these on a USB memory stick). Your case study may be an existing specification or schedule of work, or it may be a conservation matter for which you would like to develop a specification or repair schedule. Your presentation will take place in an informal session with ample opportunity for group discussion. The week prior to the course, you will be sent (in digital format) a course briefing pack with templates for key specification documents.
Please also bring the following items for use during the course:
• Digital camera or camera phone
• A laptop (or tablet) to prepare the specification and schedule of work (desktop computer workstations are available at the College, but you can work more flexibly with your own device)
• Sketch pad/notebook
• A3 clipboard (this will be provided if you don’t have one)
• Tape measure
• Outdoor (warm) clothing including comfortable shoes or boots and rain jacket
Graham Abrey - BCM Course Leader
Graham trained as a building surveyor and has specialised for the past 10 years in contract work involving repair, conservation and maintenance of historic buildings. He has had many years' experience working for a masonry contractor and more recently as a freelance consultant specialising in the survey, cleaning and surface repair of stone, brick, terracotta and stucco buildings. He is currently Managing Director of Ingram Consultancy Ltd in Somerset.