Use of cookies We use cookies to improve your experience. By using you agree to our terms of use and use of cookies
Appreciating the old, incorporating the new
​​​© ​Darkhorse Design Limited
Talks and lectures

Appreciating the old, incorporating the new

Working within the historic built environment provides excellent opportunities for creative change. This seminar will address the process of successful adaptation and revitalisation of historic buildings and heritage sites, incorporating a mix of practical tuition, workshops and a review of successful examples.

Appreciating the old, incorporating the new

A recent survey by Historic England revealed that 99.3% of people in England live less than a mile from a listed heritage asset, while the Heritage Lottery Fund reports that 80% of people think local heritage makes their area a better place to live, showing both a proliferation of and appreciation for heritage sites and historic buildings. Such sites represent an opportunity for creative design and inventive practical solutions for change, made more successful through a process of understanding the development and significance of these places and identifying potential challenges.

This seminar will include:

  • Assessing the significance of places
  • Heritage legislation and planning
  • Adapting historic buildings for new uses
  • Extensions and new builds within heritage context
  • Practical solutions to issues such as M&E, accessibility and sustainability

The first session will look at how understanding historic development and significance of built fabric and setting can inform change, leading to a discussion on what practical solutions can contribute to successful design.

This is followed by a workshop session, focusing on understanding the application of this process, asking you to break into groups and looking at a practical example, providing the baseline understanding of a site and asking for suggestions on sensitive but creative change. The results will be shared and discussed. The final session will conclude by showing good examples of successful projects within a heritage context.


Heather Jermy, Purcell
Heather is head of heritage consultancy at Purcell, bringing together her experience of architecture, archaeology and buildings archaeology. She specialises in the process of conservation management planning, providing strategic advice on the redevelopment and re-use of historic buildings and heritage sites.

She has provided conservation and heritage management advice for sites such as the British Museum, Tower Bridge and the large-scale regeneration of the Central Police Station in Hong Kong. Heather believes that an understanding of heritage value, setting and the existing built environment provide the foundation for successful design for the future.

Seminar fees

  • RIBA/CIAT members £65 + VAT
  • Non-RIBA members £92 + VAT
  • RIBA student members £15 + VAT

Other booking options

For more information on other seminars in Core CPD 2018, and Club Ticket booking, saving £250 per year, go to Core CPD 2018.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Building conservation and heritage
2. Architecture for social purpose
3. Inclusive environments

CPD_Logo Created with Sketch.