Get an understanding of the conservation project design and management process, from the initial client brief, to aftercare issues such as maintenance, fire protection and security.
What you will learn
This course will give you an insight into work undertaken in the conservation sector, whilst introducing you to basic processes of design, planning and site work.
Learn how to develop a conservation strategy based on established principles, which includes:
identifying imperatives for intervention
analysing and understanding a site’s architectural and historical significance (as compiled in conservation plans or statements)
desired conservation outcomes
selecting appropriate contractors and consultants
sourcing public and private funding
developing robust business case for intervention
You will get an understanding of the tasks involved throughout the project management process, including the roles of various individuals, firms and statutory bodies, carrying out research, analysis, design, planning, procurement, and how a conservation project can be delivered safely, economically, and on time, whilst protecting a site’s significance.
This course will also allow you to explore the process of monitoring, maintaining and securing a site’s historic fabric, focusing on the risks of fire and extreme weather issues exacerbated by climate change.
Principles of project management
Developing a conservation project
Business plans for conservation projects
Conservation plans and statements
Project proposals: developed design stage
Developing technical designs
Undertaking site works
Developing a maintenance strategy
Maintenance manuals and logbooks
Flood protection for traditional buildings
Short courses offer the opportunity to learn about building conservation through lectures, workshops and site visits.
It's one thing to hear about lime mortar in a lecture, but it's an entirely different experience to be able to point it out on a building, and have a go at mixing it.
A great introduction to the key issues, materials, skills and techniques that all conservators – from homeowners to industry professionals – have to come to grips with when looking at traditional buildings.
"One of the key things I learned was the importance of maintaining and sustaining traditional skills as a viable career option going into the future. We cannot conserve our past effectively without the proper understanding of those past traditional skills."
Attending has enabled me to share ideas and to network with professionals and like-minded people in the field.
Got a question?
Should you have an enquiry about our courses or other learning opportunities held at the Engine Shed, our team is here to help.
The Engine Shed has been supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to create Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre. It enables us to encourage understanding of traditional building materials and skills among the public and professionals and raise standards in conservation for traditional buildings.