2017 City CPD Club

Timber in historic buildings
Fire safety and building compliance
Online marketing and digital presence


June 21 2017 • 9.30am
to 4.30pm


Michelle Taylor 0117 972 3777 riba.southwest@riba.org


Diocesan Education Centre (DEC), The Avenue, Salisbury SP2 0FG, Wiltshire


Non-RIBA members £200+VAT (£240)

RIBA student members £50+VAT (£60)

RIBA/CIAT members £135+VAT (£162)

Book tickets Member booking


Non-RIBA members £200+VAT (£240)

RIBA student members £50+VAT (£60)

RIBA/CIAT members £135+VAT (£162)

Book tickets Member booking

Timber in historic buildings
Historically, the forms and dimensions of solid timbers available are limited by the sizes andforms of trees from which they are processed. In addition, natural strength-reducing features present limited their use. Many years after insertion into the building fabric, some timber ssuffer from degradation.

This seminar will look at the likely causes of this degradation and the possible remedies that may be employed to resolve these issues. It will consider how to best protect existing timbers that have not yet degraded, as well as how we can better care for the future of buildings whilst meeting the current standards. Consequences of historical bad practice will also be shown and discussed.

The session will culminate in discussing the latest current research which impacts on the protection of historic buildings and how this knowledge could be applied to current and future projects that delegates maybe involved in. In the first part, the speaker will present some history and science including timber properties, usage and decay.

He will cover the methods of assessing and investigating decay in buildings, from timber framed to joinery and fixings and the adequate means of repair, treatment and maintenance. In the second part, the talk will examine the impact of the available standards, where to get further advice, quoting TRADA and other sources. It will also describe current interesting research programmes, showing how the subject is evolving and how architects can use the information for their conservation projects.

Fire safety and building compliance
The speaker will describe legal obligations relating to fire safety, in particular the Regulatory Reform Order – when and where it applies – and fire risk assessments.

The session will also cover what Building Regulations options are available to architects and designers whilst preserving good design. This will be supported by references to different British Standards, Building Regulations and RRO including Regulation 38. Using case studies, the speaker will look at simple design principles for residential and small commercial projects and assess where ‘fire engineering’ can help or hinder building design.

Based on the preceding technical analysis, the seminar will conclude with an emphasis on details, highlighting how correct detailing and understanding of fire safety principles can make completed buildings compliant.

Online marketing and digital presence
With limited time and resources to dedicate to marketing, many architectural practices fail to see any tangible results from their website or social media. In a market place that is ever more saturated with digital charlatans, outsourcing your efforts is often seen as too risky. This session will show you how to get better results from what you already have, give you an understanding of how to measure success and give you a proven framework for growth as your efforts are rewarded with genuine new business. If you are considering revamping your website in the next 12 months, or have recently done so withless than stellar results this session is for you.

The speaker will cover the following:
• Search engine optimisation: factors that make the difference to your organic search ranking and what you can do to become more visible online
• Local and mobile optimisation: the majority of people search on mobile devices, these are the steps you need to take to win
• Social media marketing: tips on how to lever social media for business benefit
• Google Analytics: setting goals and measuring the real business impact of your marketing efforts
• A strategy framework: this will help you blend search, social and content with a strategic overview of what you are trying to achieve and the time you have available
• How to manage and produce content for your blog or website
• Tips to optimise the photos you use on your website and on social media.

The 2017 City CPD Club brochure, including the programme and booking form, is available for download:

RIBA City CPD Club Brochure 2017


The two instalments facility for the City Club Ticket is only available after 15 February 2017: the first instalment at the time of booking, with £210 + VAT balance due on 14 July 2017.

All fees include lunch.

Club Ticket (Four days)

Early bird until 15 February 2017
RIBA/CIAT members £385 + VAT (£462)
Non-RIBA members £550 + VAT (£660)

After 15 February 2017
RIBA/CIAT members £420 + VAT (£504)
Non-RIBA members £585 + VAT (£702)

Pay-as-you-go Day Ticket (Single days)
RIBA/CIAT members £135 + VAT (£162)
Non-RIBA members £200 + VAT (£240)
RIBA student members £50 + VAT (£60)

Terms and conditions
• City CPD Club Tickets are non-refundable
• Cancellation is only possible for pay-as-you-go bookings and refunds for cancellation can only be made up to 10 working days before the event
• If you purchase a City CPD Club Ticket as a chartered practice, it entitles any staff from your company to attend the seminars, whether they are a RIBA chartered member or not
• Delegate substitutions are permitted at any time for City Club Ticket holders if they have joined as a practice
• No substitutions of delegates are permitted for Club Ticket holders if they have joined as an individual
• If you are unable to attend any seminar, or substitute a delegate, please inform RIBA South West
• We rely on a minimum number of delegates for each day and reserve the right to cancel the event should this number not be reached.