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Talks and lectures

RIBA Conservation Materials Day London

Do you have a passion for conservation architecture? Are you interested in developing your knowledge of conservation materials? Join us to discuss different aspects of traditional conservation materials including stone, brick, mortar and timber, using a selection of case studies.

Conservation Materials Day

The repair and restoration of historic buildings can be challenging and complex. RIBA Conservation Materials Day aims to broaden your knowledge of traditional conservation materials.

This Conservation Materials Day consists of two sessions:

Morning session:
This 2.5hrs seminar will discuss the different challenges you may face with the repair of historic buildings using case studies from inception to completion. Led by architect David Watkins, this session will explore the requirements to understand the historic asset and record condition, identify necessary repair and implement proposals based on sound conservation principles whilst meeting the challenges of unforeseen issues along the way.

This practical and interactive session will cover the key issues with the use of case studies, considering access, temporary protection, surveys and a practical approach to the repair of failed and defective materials, including stone, slate, timber, lead, faience, decorative plasterwork and ironwork, drawing from the experience of a number of completed projects.

Afternoon session:
This session will provide you with an understanding of the skills and application of repair techniques on traditional materials, including stone, brick, mortar, lead and plasterwork. This is achieved by a series of practical demonstrations by specialist contractors experienced in the conservation of historic buildings in tandem with an open question forum. The afternoon session contributions from specialist contractors include:

  • North West Lead, Lead and Copper
  • Bullen Conservation, Stone, Brick, Mortar
  • Bullen Conservation, Carpentry
  • H&S Joinery, timber repair
  • Ornate Interiors, plasterwork and render

By attending this CPD Day you will increase your understanding of the different challenges faced when repairing historic buildings and explore the requirements needed to understand and implement proposals based on sound conservation principles.


David Watkins, DHW Architects
David is an architect with post-graduate qualifications in building conservation and has specialised in the repair and sensitive adaptation of historic buildings for over twenty five years. He created and led the conservation team at Brock Carmichael Architects until recently forming his own specialist practice.

He has always maintained an active involvement and hands-on approach to projects and has a wealth of experience which includes registered gardens, scheduled monuments, world heritage sites and designated buildings.

He has worked extensively with the National Trust, public and private sector clients and lectures at a number of universities in UK and RIBA NW home and abroad.

Course fees

  • RIBA/CIAT members £140 + VAT
  • Non members £200 + VAT

Core Curriculum

1. Building conservation and heritage
2. Architecture for social purpose

How to book
Numbers are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first book and pay basis. Book your place on this course using this Eventbrite link. For alternative booking methods, contact relevant regional office.

For more information and 2018 programme please visit the Conservation Materials Day page.

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