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Listed Building Survey training day - Grade II Listed - North Waltham - Sat. 6th April

Location: North Waltham, RG25 - £100 + VAT plus booking fee

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Training Instructor

This training will be taught by Prof. Duncan Philips FRICS.  Duncan is one of the UK’s most experienced Chartered Building Surveyors regarding historic and Listed Buildings, having been doing this work for over 30 years.   He runs Listed Building Surveys and was Chair of the RICS Building Conservation Steering Group for six years from 2017 – 2023. He is the lead author of the new RICS Professional Standard – Conservation of Heritage Buildings and Assets, which will be published in 2024.  Duncan teaches building surveying, architectural history, building pathology and building conservation to undergraduate, postgraduate and mature students and also to the general public and the trades.

Training Format

This training will be delivered in-person at the house, which is located in North Waltham, RG25 post code area.  It is a private residence.   The full address and joining instructions will be given after you have purchased a place on the course and nearer to the date of the training.



Professionals from a wide variety of disciplines including residential surveyors and valuers, building surveyors, architects, and structural engineers as well as the many conservation trades will benefit from this online training opportunity.

This is also perfectly suitable for anyone with a general interest in older buildings.   That can include homeowners and buyers, for example.   Students, from all backgrounds, will find this especially valuable to their learning.

It will be particularly suitable for those who have some limited experience of doing RICS Level 2 and Level 3 building surveys and want to know more about older buildings.   It might also be suitable for more experienced surveyors who wish to broaden their knowledge of this period of architecture.

This training is open and available to everyone.  Please do consider your own personal circumstances and your ability to use stairs as this is very likely to apply to the venue, town walk and/or any private property visit.  There may be uneven terrain and during any walkabout we may be crossing roads. Do let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments and we can discuss this further and try to adapt where possible.


This house is Listed at Grade II, and it has been altered and extended over several periods – including a late C20 conservatory.

This is an opportunity to see the house before repairs are undertaken and we do hope to run additional visits over the coming years as the works progress.   The owner is also a Chartered Building Surveyor and will be able to contribute to the discussion with valuable insights into what it is like to live and work on.

The house was originally timber-framed but is now substantially of brick construction.   The thatched roof is in need of repairs and part replacement and this will be done in the coming months.

There are multiple defects to see and discuss.

This visit will only be available to a small group.   There is limited roadside parking nearby, but please don’t park immediately in front of the house as the lane is narrow and it will obscure the view for the discussion and photos.

You will get to see the whole building and, as a group, we will discuss how a pre-purchase building survey might be undertaken on it and how repairs would best be undertaken.   You will be within a safe and nurtured environment in a very small group of like-minded people.   Use the opportunity to ask any questions that arise.  There is no such thing a silly question.

By the end of the training you will be more confident and aware of..:

  • Understand your responsibilities and liabilities as a professional building surveyor
  • Have a better understanding of the client needs for having the survey done
  • Take a methodical approach to the process of doing a building survey
  • Identify a range of common defects found in this type and age of building
  • How to prioritise repairs to suit the needs of the building as well as the budget of the client
  • Make better decisions on the advice that you will provide to your client
  • Learn about when it might be necessary to make a referral for further inspections
  • Have better confidence in yourself
  • Be able to write confident and well presented reports for your client





This training will typically include..:

  • Placing this building in context of our architectural history
  • RICS expectations on you as a professional building surveyor
  • Best practice when undertaking a building survey for a RICS Level 3 report
  • Health and Safety.   Surveying safely.
  • Building pathology for this specific type of property
  • Moisture assessment, decision making and reporting
  • Listed Building Consent applications and procedures
  • Climate change considerations and sustainability issues
  • Client care
  • Professional liability
  • Report writing and how to use photos





This is a private home and we are not asking the owner to provide any catering facility.  We won’t stop for a lunch break, as such, but you are, of course, welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks/sandwiches or purchase them in nearby shops.

Teas/coffees will be available.

10:00 – Arrive

10:30 – Introductions and the day starts.   We will be constantly walking and talking, with ample opportunity for questions, discussions and explanations.

15:30 –  Depart.  This time is entirely flexible.



This training will provide up to 5 hours of formal CPD.



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