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Conversion, Adaptation and Care of Buildings

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Wednesdays 9 am - 1 pm

There are essentially two dimensions to the building surveying profession – the organisation of building work to maintain, extend, adapt or improve existing buildings, and the assessment of the condition of existing buildings.

On this course you'll study the former of these two aspects.

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Course Dates

7th February 2018 – 23rd May 2018

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Course Description

You'll develop the core knowledge and skills required to undertake this work which are an understanding of basic building technology and an awareness of the design of maintenance, alteration, extension and refurbishment of buildings in order to satisfy clients’ and occupiers’ expectations.

You will learn about adaptive reuse, extension, alteration, conservation and maintenance of buildings.

This course will include:

  • an introduction to the key concepts
  • feasibility appraisal
  • principles of conversion
  • conservation philosophy
  • adaptive reuse
  • lateral and vertical extension
  • alterations
  • refurbishment
  • whole life costing
  • maintenance (reactive, proactive and preventative)
  • stock condition surveys
  • facilities management.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • collect and integrate information and data from a variety of sources
  • analyse, evaluate and interpret complex factual information and issues in a systematic, critical and creative manner
  • evaluate alternative processes and measures against relevant criteria
  • make logical recommendations based on this analysis
  • identify and solve problems
  • communicate information, ideas and concepts in a clear and articulate fashion, using information technology and aids where appropriate
  • develop personal and interpersonal skills and competencies, working constructively and cooperatively in teams
  • apply ethical and professional values
  • apply study and research skills, and act autonomously in planning, organising and directing your personal and professional development.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Successful completion can also contribute 15 credits towards a PGDip or MSc award.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then email your form to be considered by the academic team.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813