Project Management and Supervision: Historic and Traditional Buildings

Online Product
Course Hours
1 day course
Although the basics of project management remain the same, the management and supervision of work on historic and traditional buildings poses different problems compared to modern or new structures. There can be many different technical, logistical and heritage related issues to consider and successfully deal with, which means taking a slightly different approach and deploying some different management tools.
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This 1-day course will cover the pertinent issues concerning historic and traditional buildings, and best practice for build quality strategies and processes. It will begin with the concept of project management and project supervision, including how these skills apply in the historic environment and how dealing with it is different. The course will then go through the various stages including project initiation, feasibility, development, delivery, completion and end with occupation of the building and its continued care. There will also be a focus on developing work proposals, significance analysis, and heritage impact assessments, including justifying them in a way that balances the full range of issues from historic importance to commercial and use considerations.

Work examples will cover educational, social housing, commercial development and high profile and prestigious conservation work in various crafts ranging from masonry to historic decoration.

At the end of the day, you will be confident in your ability to successfully deploy project management and supervision to historic and traditional buildings.

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Course Times: 09:30AM – 16:30PM GMT

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At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between different activities involved in project management and supervision.
  • Develop project strategies.
  • Determine project management team competencies and other specialist input requirements.
  • Plan and manage risk.
  • Plan and implement projects based on BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the conservation of historic buildings.
  • Brief on the requirements for significance analysis, heritage impact assessments and how the policies within conservation management plans should be used.
  • Develop strategies and processes to justify work and balance conflicting issues.
  • Develop quality management strategies and processes and implement quality management.


The course is open to anyone who works with heritage/ historic and/ or traditional buildings regardless of whether they are classified as historic or not or those that have some experience and wish to advance in this area of work. For those interested in starting with a course providing a foundation of knowledge in historic buildings and conservation, we also have a course on Understanding Building Conservation and other courses related to the construction technology and sustainability.


An online classroom with live tutor and interactions.


Course Delivery

Our courses are delivered using a platform called GoToWebinar, please follow the links below to test your system and download the software, prior to your course starting.


The course is highly practical and interactive, and delivered over 1 day by a building conservation ‘certified’ subject matter expert experienced in the project management and supervision of work to historic buildings. The topics include:


  • Overall process of project management and supervision
  • The meaning of heritage, conservation, project management and project supervision
  • Project management methodologies
  • Essentials for delivering successful projects
  • Activities and parties involved in managing and supervising work
  • Responsibilities of those working as contractors, consultants, clients and as monitors working for funding and heritage bodies
  • What work requires consent and developing strategies on how to achieve it

Initiating and developing projects

  • the project team and the competencies it must include
  • Requirements for specialist input
  • Project briefs and how to achieve the brief
  • Project strategy and project plans
  • Risk Management tools

Managing significance and Philosophy

  • Defining significance and philosophy
  • Tools and processes
  • Conservation management plans
  • Significance analysis and heritage impact assessments

Combining Project Management, Heritage Management and Project Supervision

  • How to balance conflicting issues to justify proposals
  • How to ensure all activities work together to deliver successful projects

Specification and Procurement of work

  • Making sure specifications are appropriate and adequate and the a
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different specification types
  • Different procurement options

Managing Quality

  • Strategies and processes commencing at project initiation.
  • Contractors, consultants, clients and project monitors perspectives

Soft Landing

  • Taking a completed project into use
  • Project completion and future care activities


There is no formal assessment for this course. You will receive a certificate of Attendance.