Part of Historic Environment Scotland

Project design and management

Gain an understanding of the overarching framework used by professionals for conservation projects, from client briefings and site work to aftercare.



Our Advanced Diploma prospectus contains information about all our short courses:

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5 weeks


3 October 2019 - 15 November 2019

Study time

Taught:7 days


As a stand-alone short course:£570


Looking for a related qualification? Learn about our Accredited Diploma that can be taken part-time or full time.

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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.

Topics covered

  • 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
  • Inspection regimes
  • Fire protection
  • Flood protection for traditional buildings

Course content

Short courses offer the opportunity to learn about building conservation through lectures, workshops and site visits. 

Classes, lectures and presentations

Students benefit from attending classes and lectures taught by national and international experts. Forthcoming lectures are to be confirmed.

Previous speakers have included:

  • David Anderson, Architect (Reich and Hall Architects)
  • Rob Adams (Adams Napier Partnership)
  • Jessica Hunnisett, Senior Technical Officer (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • Sharon Haire, Fire Safety Officer (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • Chris McGregor, Head of Projects (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • Peter Buchanan, Project Manager (Historic Environment Scotland)

Potential site visits

Students have the opportunity to participate in site visits. These vary from one year to another.

Previous site visits for this course have included:


Although our short courses are not formally assessed, students will be awarded a certificate upon successfully completing this course.

A formal qualification can be obtained by studying our Advanced Professional Diploma on Technical Building Conservation.

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