Project Management and Supervision: Historic and Traditional Buildings

Sustainable Construction and Development


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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.


Gain skills in managing and supervising projects involving historic and traditional buildings with this comprehensive 1 day course. Learn about project management and supervision specific to the historic environment and discover how to navigate through all stages of project initiation, feasibility, development, delivery, and completion.

Get insights into developing work proposals, heritage impact assessments, and balancing commercial, use, and historic considerations. With a variety of work examples covering educational, social housing, commercial, and prestigious conservation projects, you will emerge with the confidence to tackle any project involving historic and traditional buildings.

Members gain 3 CIOB CPD points when you reflect on the ethical aspects of your learning from this activity.

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Next Available Dates

8th April 2024

17th September 2024



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  • 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.
  • Introduction
  • Initiating and developing projects
  • Managing significance and Philosophy
  • Combining Project Management, Heritage Management and Project Supervision
  • Specification and Procurement of work
  • Managing Quality
  • Soft Landing

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.


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

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Course Leader

John Edwards


The course will be delivered by John Edwards, MA, DipBldgCons, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC. John is an expert practitioner, formerly of English Heritage and Cadw and is the lead author of BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings.

Professor John Edwards, is a practising building pathologist as well as a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager. First undertook detailed inspections, analysis’s and monitoring of buildings in 1981. His experience covers housing of many different kinds ranging from traditional to system built and many other types of buildings ranging from castles and cathedrals to modern commercial office buildings. Professor Edwards is principally a practitioner but has been involved in education on a part time basis since the 1980’s and includes many of his case studies as work examples in this training course. He is currently a Director of specialist consultancy practise Edwards Hart and is also professor of practice at the University of Wales Trinity St David.



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