Building Conservation & Adaptation
This course focuses on the repair, conservation and adaptation of historic buildings and sites, with the primary aims of conserving significance and sustaining active use.
You’ll examine the challenges involved in managing historic buildings and look at the role they play in the sustainable revitalisation of our towns and cities.
As well as exploring the techniques of conservative repair, adaptation, retro-fitting and extension in depth, you’ll also analyse the legislation involved in the protection of historic sites. You’ll gain an understanding of the challenges heritage experts encounter in finding viable uses for at-risk buildings in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially viable, while managing to conserve what makes them special.
This course offers the ideal foundation for a fascinating career working within the heritage sector and the historic built environment.
Why study with us
- Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).
- Our industry connections provide you with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with some of the biggest names in the heritage sector.
- You’ll be taught by expert practitioners with extensive knowledge and experience working within the historic built environment.
What you’ll do
- Through regular workshops and site visits, you’ll be able to network with industry professionals including many of our alumni, all enjoying successful careers in the heritage sector.
- Opportunities to work on hands-on projects. Recent students have carried out research in partnership with Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, local authorities, and others.
- The course equips you with the skills necessary to flourish in the heritage sector, using real life case studies as the basis for analysis and skill development.
This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
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You’ll be taught by expert practitioners with extensive knowledge and experience working within the historic built environment. The course team, which includes Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Architects, has a long association with many heritage projects and excellent links with industry professionals, which enables ‘live’ projects to form the basis of our teaching, practical workshops and site visits. This ensures that your learning experience extends well beyond theory and deep into the realms of working practise.
- This course has been accredited by the RICS, the globally recognised professional body which promotes the highest international standards in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Accreditation can lead to high level career opportunities in large organisations and private practice.
- The course is professionally accredited and recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) – the UK's leading body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts.
We have close links with organisations across the heritage sector who often contribute case study material, workshop visits and work experience opportunities for our students. These include:
- Buttress Architects
- Purcell Architects
- Dickson Waugh Architects
- Stanton Andrews Architects
- PWA Planning
- Growth Lancashire
- Historic England
- Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
- Frank Whittle Partnership
- Conlon Construction
- National Lottery Heritage Fund
- Jubb & Jubb Ltd
- The Methodist Church in Britain
- Liverpool Archdiocese
- Preston City Council
- Blackpool Borough Council
- Chorley Borough Council
- Wigan Council
- Clitheroe Civic Society
- Rossendale Borough Council
- Wyre Borough Council
- Southport MBC
This course has been running for over two decades and has a successful track record of equipping students with the skills and experience they need to forge successful careers working within the heritage sector and the historic built environment.
Working with historic buildings and sites requires particular expertise and an understanding of the principles and philosophies that underpin the global drive to conserving our shared heritage. Developing such an expertise requires academic and practical experience, and these needs define the overarching aim of the course.
The knowledge and skills acquired on the course have proven highly desirable to employers.
Our alumni include:
- Architects and technologists
- Conservation officers
- Heritage officers
- Planning consultants
- Project managers
Study in our Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)
During your studies with us you’ll benefit from our new £35 million EIC building which provides an integrated teaching space in state-of-the-art facilities.Find out more
Fees and Funding
Scholarships and Bursaries
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.
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This course is based in the School of Engineering located in the Faculty of Science and Technology
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