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Building Conservation Summer School 2021

From: Sunday 20.06.21
at 3:00pm
To: Thursday 24.06.21
at 4:30pm

Royal Agricultural University, GL7 6JS





A fully immersive and practical residential course, presented by 20 different countrywide experts in a wide variety of fields. With ample opportunity for discussion and questions, as well as 'hands on’ sessions, The Building Conservation Summer School is the most comprehensive course on offer for anyone seeking a career in the the repair of old buildings.

Event description: 

The full course provides 47 hours formal CPD.


This course runs over four and a half days at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. Previously organised by RICS, it is now a Not-For-Profit joint venture by three of the most experienced conservation focussed Chartered Building Surveyors in the country - Marianne Suhr, Stephen Boniface and Duncan Philips.

The course is aimed at early career professionals who would like to get a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of building conservation from a large number of leading experts in one place at one time.  It will also be of interest to those who wish to gain additional building conservation knowledge to enhance their career and general understanding of the subject.  It is particularly suitable for students, Building Surveyors, Structural Engineers, Conservation Officers, Architects, building contractors and related conservation trades.

New for 2021 - 'CONSERVATION STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING’ - this year we are delighted to be joining forces with CARE (Conservation Accreditation Register of Engineers) to deliver a day of lectures by specialist engineers covering a range of topical subjects relating to structural defects in historic buildings. This day can be booked separately as a stand alone event, or taken as an option instead of the Lime Practical Day for those on the full residential package. Whilst it is aimed at engineers, the programme will be of interest to all building professionals who seek a better understanding of the issues. We also welcome engineers who wish to join the Monday or Tuesday programmes.

The full residential package includes: 4 nights 'student' ensuite accommodation on campus (Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds). Dinner on Sun, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Mon, Tues and Weds, breakfast and packed lunch on Thursday. Refreshments during the breaks.  It also includes evening lectures, town walk and a very special drinks gathering with open access at a unique building in Cirencester. Those opting for the residential package will have a chance to mingle with speakers and delegates during the relaxed evening sessions in the student bar.

Note: Only 40 places are available for the full residential package: book early to avoid disappointment..!

Single study days are also available: Refreshments during the breaks and lunch is provided.  Dinner and evening events are not included.

Covid-19 Refund Policy -  We will be monitoring the situation and government restrictions closely.  If the covid-19 restrictions are still in place in June 2021 and the event needs to be cancelled we will offer either a full refund or the option to defer your place to 2022.   This decision will be made ahead of time and we reserve the right to vary this policy should anything happen at short notice and outside of our control.

General Refund Policy -  If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, we will provide a full refund up to Tuesday 4th May 2021.   After this date will be not be able to provide a refund but we can defer your place to the 2022 Summer School.

Please see full programme here