19th February 2020 – Specifying Works to Traditional Buildings

We are delighted to be offering free learning and professional development opportunities – for anyone who may be involved with works to traditional buildings.

This day-long event will provide attendees with an introduction to, and a better understanding of the correct materials and work specifications for traditional buildings.

The term “Specifications” refers to a part of an architectural project and play a key role in the success of the construction phase. It describes in detail, the materials and workmanship involved in the repair of old buildings. It should be used by contractors to support their costing of a project, not only the materials and products but also the specific workmanship involved in traditional materials and techniques.

The specification is the document that describes, in words, what cannot be visualised or explained on a drawing or in a model. It gives the contractor and the client a clear and concise information of what should be expected during on-site construction and therefore, assures that the project payed for is being delivered.

Our speakers are all knowledgeable, skilled and experienced authorities on various aspects of building conservation, and include:

Craig Frew

Craig is a historic buildings consultant specialising in the repair of traditional masonry buildings, particularly the use of lime mortars and coatings. He established Frew Conservation in 2012 after working as technical consultant for LTM Group, a large conservation masonry contractor, buildings consultant for the Scottish Lime Centre Trust and conservation officer for Dundee City Council. He is a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and is also a Director and Trustee of Falkland Stewardship Trust.

Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson is a surveying lecturer in the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment. With over twenty years of experience as an academic and heritage consultant his previous posts include senior lecturer at Northumbria University and working in post-war reconstruction of cultural heritage at the University of York. Currently a trustee for The Panopticon Trust’s Britannia Music Hall, Glasgow and board member of Aberdeen City Heritage Trust he is a former trustee of the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust and representative of the Twentieth Century Society on conservation panels. His research interests include Victorian and Edwardian theatres and music halls, conserving buildings of the Modern Movement, social housing and the colonial legacy on the Indian sub-continent.

Bill Brogden

Bill Brogden is a retired academic, author, and active in conservation. He has worked with Aberdeenshire Council on many projects about design quality in the North East, including pioneer historic gardens and landscapes survey (1980s), the Design within Nature series from the mid ‘90s which produced Index21, a townscape survey of Inverurie, and long term trustee of NESPT whose projects include Pitsligo Castle. His most recent publication the Retried Cicerone was about James Byres of Tonley’s work as architect and landscape designer near Alford.

Michael Dignan

Dr Michael Dignan is the Course Leader of the Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying courses at Robert Gordon University. He took on the role of Lecturer in Building Surveying in 2009 and assumed the Course Leader role in 2016. He obtained his degree in Building Surveying from Heriot Watt then progressed through his MSc and PhD in concrete technology at the University of Dundee before, moving into professional practice ad a Building Surveyor. He practiced professionally in both Cambridge and Edinburgh working on projects that ranged from commercial adaptations to conservation works in Edinburgh’s New and Old Towns. His current research interests include non-traditional housing, the effectiveness of asbestos legislation and quality of newly constructed buildings.

Ian M Davidson

Ian Davidson is a Chartered Building Surveyor and Heritage Consultant. He worked with the National Trust for Scotland for 34 years in many roles and now offer support to cultural Heritage through Conservation Planning and Project Management. He is a Visiting Professor at the Robert Gordon University and Chairs the RICS Conservation Panels in London and Edinburgh.

Course Date:  Wednesday, 19th February

Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm (registration starts 9.20am)

Venue: Dalrymple Hall, Seaforth Street, Fraserburgh

Refreshments and lunch will be included.