Our Built Heritage
Lessons for Resilience
On the occasion of its 15th anniversary, the ever popular CIOB annual conservation conference returns face to face after a two year virtual break.
Church House Westminster
26 April 2022
09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
About the Event
The theme for this year’s event is extremely topical as it focusses on resilience in relation to our built heritage. Participants will learn how key organisations within the UK and Europe have responded to and are coping with recent events – the impacts of COVID and of course climate change being at the forefront of these issues.
Typically, governments the world over are reacting to the consequences of climate change in particular by imposing knee-jerk legislation which is inappropriate for traditional buildings, inevitably causing problems which will need to be resolved in the near future.
A series of case studies will explore how we can ensure that our built heritage remains fit for future generations without undue drastic compromise in a new world; what training, education and standards there should be; and how we need to learn lessons to adapt to meet requirements now and in the future.
This highly thought-provoking conference will provide invaluable CPD for anyone involved in the Heritage Sector at whatever level, and the CIOB team very much looks forward to welcoming you back.
In Partnership with
|9:30 am – 9:40 am||
Welcome and Introductions
|9:40 am – 9:45 am||
Caroline Gumble BSc (Open), CMS, MCIPD, FRSA, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Building
|9:45 am – 10:15 am||
Climate Change: What are we in time to do?
Professor May Cassar CBE, Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage
|10:15 am – 10:45 am||
Recovery – Are we at a crossroad?
Graham Bell FRSA, Director, Cultura Trust
|10:45 am – 11:05 am||
|11:05 am – 11:45 am||
Somerset House North Wing refurbishment, making a grade 1 listed building fit for the future
Anthony Tyrrells, Head of Estates and Facilities, at The Courtauld Institute of Art
|11:45 am – 12:15pm||
The Portuguese presidency palaces case study – Keep using conditions as a resilience strategy
Pedro Vaz, Responsible for the Portuguese Presidency’s built heritage conservation
|12:15 pm – 12:40 pm||
Training, Education & Standards – are they good enough?
Professor John Edwards MA, DipBldgCons, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC, Director Edwards Hart Consultants, Professor on Practice University of Wales Trinity St David
|12:40 pm – 01.00 pm||
Case Study on Training at the Burghauptmannschaft, Austria
HR Reinhold Sahl, Head of Department, Burghauptmannschaft , Austria
|01:00 pm – 02:00 pm||
|02:00pm – 02:05pm||
Mike Foy OBE, MBA, FCIOB, FCMI, CIOB President 2021/2022
|02:05 pm – 02:15 pm||
An Introduction to the 2022 International Built Heritage Conference – Field Trip in Malta
Rory Cullen, Chair of CIOB’s Heritage Group, Director of Cullen Conservation
|02:15 pm – 03:00 pm||
Retrofit – How can we avoid mistakes
Dr Robyn Pender, Senior Building Conservation Advisor, Historic England
|03:00 pm – 03:30 pm||
Riding the Perfect Storm – Hurst Castle, Covid and Climate Change
Rob Woodside, Conservation & Estates Director, English Heritage
|03:30 pm – 03:50 pm||
Tea and Coffee Break
|03:50 pm – 04:20 pm||
St Marylebone Parish Church Changing Lives – A Lesson in Resilience
Samuel James Wilson Package Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine
|04:20 pm – 04:30 pm||
|04:30 pm – 05:00 pm||
Panel Discussion & Audience Participation Session – chaired by Kate Mavor CBE
- Within this presentation we will give a brief overview of the challenges we are facing currently and how we are going to address these by training offers and software use.
- A unique behind-the-scenes trip to important historic venues in Malta
- See and hear first-hand how conservation principles emanating from the ICOMOS Articles have been followed to ensure iconic buildings in Malta are being future-proofed for climate change.
- A presentation peering back 900 years of resilience from the 19th-century church itself and its adjacent grounds, particularly The Marylebone Elm.
- The ongoing Changing Life Project undertaken by the Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects team, which works to give the church a new lease of life in modern-day London.
- Dealing with the partial collapse of Hurst Castle is the most complex and challenging building conservation project currently being undertaken by English Heritage.
- This presentation outlines the events leading up to the collapse, what we’ve done since and our ongoing planning for the future of the site in the light of rising sea levels
Considering warmer climates and over-heating
Professor May Cassar CBE
About 32% of exposed building surfaces are roofs which are a primary source of overheating. In this presentation, international examples of roofs will illustrate:
- what we can learn from those already experiencing warmer climates;
- traditional architecture and indigenous building knowledge;
- the need to embed knowledge in what we know or have been doing.
- Meeting the needs of the climate emergency – where we are?
- Inadequacies of the mainstream approach & what has to change
- BSI PAS2035 & PAS2038 – how or will they help achieve carbon targets?
- Competency schemes
- Where is true sustainability?
Sadly, there is little doubt that current ‘fabric first’ approaches to retrofit can cause serious harm to buildings and their occupants – whilst their effectiveness in reducing energy and carbon remains uncertain, especially when they are assessed over the longer term. Is this because we have simply been asking the wrong questions? Can a better understanding of the science behind buildings and a return to first principles of energy use be coupled with the long-term holistic view natural to building conservation, to point us towards easier and more effective paradigms for retrofit and new build?
- has COVID created/forced regime change? How have you measured your resilience?
- is sustainability about EPCs but not ESG? Environment Social Governance is where you should be heading.
The balance between the vital need to adapt the fabric and maintain the political function within the buildings in order to sustain their cultural relevance, changing the less possible to prevent the loss of cultural value.
Professor May Cassar CBE
Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage
May Cassar is the Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage which she established in 2001. May is a member of the Science Advisory Council of the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport and sits on its Culture and Heritage Capital Programme Advisory Board. For the last 20 years May has been involved in heritage science and policy research and development focussing in particular on climate change impacts. May is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IPCC-ICOMOS-UNESCO International Co-Sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the JPI Cultural Heritage. In 2021 May was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen with the award of a CBE for services to heritage. She was awarded the Plowden Gold Medal by the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association in 2012.
Director, Cultura Trust
Graham trained and practiced as an architect, working on an RIBA Building of the Year and for an Anglo-Swedish project office, which no doubt influenced the career which followed; what was innovative social housing became within 20 years, protected national heritage. He crossed the fence from consultancy to being (he would like to think) an informed client as Director of a 55-year-old charity now known as Cultura Trust. The journey has taken him through conservation management of historic areas and landmarks to an award-winning programme of traditional skills training and building up a portfolio of repurposed historic assets. Over time he has been drawn further into the European context of his work, from governance to projects. The benefits have been reciprocated back into Cultura’s work, including his role as UK National Co-ordinator for 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage – challenging, given it was the year of Brexit…
Chair of CIOB's Heritage Group, Director of Cullen Conservation
Rory Cullen is Director of Cullen Conservation, a Heritage Consultancy he set up in December 2017 following his 15-year tenure as Head of Buildings for the National Trust, where he was responsible for ensuring his team of 120 Building Surveyors and 150 Direct Labour Craftsmen maintained the highest professional standards for the Trust’s 28,500 buildings and structures. As Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building Conservation Special Interest Group, he has coordinated the Heritage Certification Scheme, and also had a key role in the revision of BS 7913: 2013 – the industry standard for the Conservation of Historic Buildings. He is a Fellow of the CIOB, a member of the IHBC and has an MSc in Building Conservation. He also holds Certification in European Heritage Site Management, and is fully certified as a Heritage Practitioner.
Professor John Edwards
Director Edwards Hart Consultants, Professor on Practice University of Wales Trinity St David
Mike Foy OBE
CIOB President 2021/2022
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Building
Kate Mavor CBE
Chief Executive, English Heritage
Dr Robyn Pender
Senior Building Conservation Advisor, Historic England
HR Reinhold Sahl
Head of Department, Burghauptmannschaft , Austria
Reinhold Sahl is the head of Burghauptmannschaft Österreich (BHOe) since 2010. BHOe is an executive office of the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs, Austria and is responsible for the maintenance and administration of the Cultural Heritage of Austria. About 110 famous historic buildings like Hofburg Vienna (Imperial Palace Vienna and Prince Eugene of Savoy´s summer residency Belvedere Palace (Austrian Gallery Belverede) are included.
Reinhold studied Law at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and completed a training as professional officer at the Military Academy Wiener Neustadt. Most of his military career he was involved in the facility management of military buildings. In his function as Burghauptmann, he is very keen to maintain and develop relevant competences and modern technologies for Cultural Heritage.
Senior Estate Manager, English Heritage
Head of Estates and Facilities, at The Courtauld Institute of Art
Anthony Tyrrell is Head of Estates and Facilities, at The Courtauld Institute of Art having previously occupied similar posts at both University College London (Archway Campus) and the Institute of Education. Anthony is responsible for managing facilities services (security, cleaning, maintenance, utilities), student accommodation, health and safety, insurance arrangements, developing and implementing a fit-for purpose Major Incident Plan and supporting the development of business continuity planning pertaining to The Courtauld’s occupation of the Grade 1 listed North Wing of Somerset House, its Vernon Square campus and its student residential property located in Lancaster Place. In addition, Anthony leads on supporting and managing the delivery of The Courtauld’s transformational project Courtauld Connects valued at cica £90M. This is an ambitious development programme that will make The Courtauld’s world-class artworks, research and teaching accessible to even more people that visit and study at The Courtauld within the historical setting of Somerset House.
Anthony was elected to serve as a Courtauld Staff Governor in December 2018 and is member of the Courtauld Finance and Operations Committee. Anthony was Chair of the British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education from 2011 to 2017 and Chair of the Bloomsbury Safer Neighbourhood Panel from 2010 to 2014. Anthony holds a BSc (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Responsible for the Portuguese Presidency’s built heritage conservation
Package Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine
Samuel James Wilson is currently the Package Manager for Sir Robert McAlpine at St. Marylebone Parish Church project, overseeing most of the conservation works presently being undertaken. Samuel, now 33 years old, left school aged 15 with no qualifications to his name, only to build his career within the construction and then within the Heritage sector, first through a scholarship with The Prince’s Foundation and then through his persistence and passion in the industry. Samuel is a driven individual who endeavours to protect our built heritage whilst pushing for environmentally and sustainable strategies.
Conservation & Estates Director, English Heritage
CIOB Conservation Certification Scheme
Understanding Building Conservation
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For more than 40 years the CIOB Awards recognise the very best talent in construction and the medals awarded for the Restoration category give us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on exceptional individual working in the heritage sector. Details on how to enter or sponsor are found here www.cmya.co.uk
Malta Field Trip
Delegates will join CIOB leaders in Malta to explore the challenges and opportunities of working in locations of historical significance. More detail on how to book your place on this trip will follow shortly.
Gold Sponsors enjoy a plenary presentation as part of the main conference agenda. Feedback tells us that delegates particularly enjoy case study presentations that bring the topic to life with real examples of what can be achieved. Equally, you might choose a more detailed technical or learning piece where the audience will be inspired with knowledge or new ways of working. Speakers are also invited to participate in a live discussion panel on the day.
Silver Sponsors will host the drinks networking session at the end of the conference.
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