Online Repair of Old Buildings Course (RC2 23)

The Repair of Old Buildings Course RC2 23

Online course

13/11/2023 - 17/11/2023
Course Type: 


Intermediate CPD, Advanced CPD,

£805 per person

Event details

Booking closes at 11.45pm on Thursday 9 November 2023

Join us for the online version of our popular Repair of Old Buildings Course.

Presented by leading building conservation professionals, the course explores British and international approaches to the conservation of old buildings. The programme is underpinned by the SPAB philosophy of repair and maintenance, as set out in the SPAB Approach.

Through a series of recorded lectures, virtual site visits and online Q&A sessions you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the repair, maintenance and conservation of old buildings.

The online format means you’ll benefit from an extended learning period from late October until early December, so you can study at a time and place that’s right for you. You’ll also be able to interact with the specialists, site visit hosts and other participants via our live, online Q&A sessions throughout the week of 13-17 November.

The Repair of Old Buildings Course is recognised by the IHBC for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and RIBA for Career Learning. 

Past attendees have included architects and architectural technologists, builders, surveyors, conservation officers and planners, craftspeople and structural engineers.   

How the course works 

As a participant on this online course, you’ll receive: 

  • Access to an exclusive web platform where you can view a series of pre-recorded lectures and recorded site visits, where you will observe how the principles discussed in the lectures are applied, or not, in the real world.

  • A dedicated course handbook written by specialists in building conservation and repair and designed to complement the lectures and site visit recordings.

  • Access to the live online Q&A sessions with speakers and site visit hosts, which will take place on Zoom daily from 13-17 November 2023. Each day will have two 90-minute sessions covering different topics (timetable TBC). Live sessions will be recorded and available until early December.  

Course content

The course includes pre-recorded lectures on the following topics, accompanied by a comprehensive reading list:  

  • Conservation principles: The SPAB Approach  
  • Historic building controls   
  • Construction and performance of traditional buildings  
  • Conservation structural engineering 
  • Dealing with damp in old buildings  
  • The care and repair of historic roofs  
  • Plasterwork in historic buildings  
  • Historic paints and wallpapers  
  • Services in historic buildings   
  • Stonework repairs  
  • Flintwork repairs 
  • Timber repairs 
  • Traditional brickwork repairs 
  • Metalwork  
  • Lime   
  • Conservation of stained glass  
  • Climate change, sustainability and retrofitting 

Please email or call 020 7377 1644 if you’d like to discuss whether the course is right for you.


There is no formal assessment for this course. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion. 

The Repair of Old Buildings Course is recognised by the IHBC for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and RIBA for Career Learning.

Bursary places

We have a small fund to provide bursaries to people who might not otherwise be able to attend. 

If you would like to apply, please contact with your CV and a cover letter explaining your need for the bursary and how attending the course will support your career. Please note the bursary may not cover the full course fee. Deadline: Sunday 9 October 2023

Bursary places are made possible thanks to the Donald and Patricia Marsh Fund.

Group booking discounts

To make a group booking, please contact We offer the following discounts:  

  • 10% off for group bookings of 3-5 delegates (£724.50 per person) 
  • 15% off for group bookings of 6-10 delegates (£684.25 per person) 


Anything we can do to make this course more accessible for you? Please email us before booking: 

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