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Share the Knowledge!

Share the Knowledge!

Progressive Heritage aims to highlight the most useful and relevant resources amongst the myriad aspects of heritage and its sensitive re-use.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) encourages professionals across the construction industry to network and share best practice. The Building Conservation Forum was founded in 1992 and is open free of charge to non-RICS members and members alike. The RICS Building Conservation Forum provides training, publications, best practice guides, certification of professionals, advice to policy makers, and liaison with sector colleagues.

Lynda Jubb, Building Conservation Forum Chair, says of the forum ‘RICS is a global professional body bringing together practitioners, policy makers and client groups from the land, property and construction sectors. With 180,000 members around the world, RICS regulates standards in the pubic interest – promoting best practice in conservation and heritage.’

RICS publishes a bimonthly magazine Building Conservation Journal, recent copies of which can be downloaded from here.


In recent editions, for instance, these particular articles caught my attention.

‘A Sense of the Past’ – December/January 2015 pp28-29.
A case study of the use of BIM in the modeling of a Welsh cottage.
This is a sequel to the article ‘Moving with the Times’ – March/April 2014 pp31-32 when the project was set up at the cottage.

‘Rising from the ruins’ – October/November 2014 pp32-33.
A  case study of Astley Castle with a focus on procurement. A favourite building of mine (see my previous post on this building here) it is interesting to read a building case study from the perspective of the surveyor.

‘Adapting the Rules’ – May/June 2014 pp28-30.
The nuances of reconciling heritage work with Building Regulations is examined through three case studies – and highlights the difference of repair and renewal with respect to the guidance documents.

In the spirit of collaboration RICS and The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) jointly host an annual building conservation Summer school. This five day intensive course covers aspects of conservation theory, building fabric condition assessment skills and practical skills – this year will enable attendees to try their hand at lime render. The speakers are drawn from a balance of professions including surveyors, engineers and specialist contractors which can only enrich discussion and improve working knowledge and appreciation of others’ work. Click here for more information of the programme and how to book.


Join the RICS Building Conservation Forum – here

Summer School – here

RICS Journals – here

I would like to thank Lynda Jubb, RICS Building Conservation Forum Chair, and Remmi Sexton of the RICS Professional Groups Executive for their invaluable help and contribution.