I'm all for keeping 'old' buildings standing; saving time, energy, and money. Choosing to retain a historic site, as opposed to knocking the building down and building more environmentally sound buildings whose foundations aren't crumbling, keeps the landscape varied. Call historic buildings a reminder of what once was, and real life examples of how architects worked, carved, and hacked away at the buildings modern day strollers might consider 'boring'.
While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, a question has been raised: how new builds affect the historic buildings currently standing?
Led by Birmingham University lecturer Dan Roberts, who works part-time for Lichfiled District Council, the workshop will detail the ways in which local planning authorities consider proposals that effect heritage assets.
Budding architects, homeowners, and house-renovators might be interested - historic buildings can be a pain, but that listed building that's getting in the way of your vision, is listed for a reason. If you are interested in finding out how to hold on to your dreams or future investment, the workshop will cover the theory and practice regarding the current landscape, and how new builds will affect them.
If Grand Designs is at the top of your TV programs you've probably already imagined your dream house, whether that be a cottage, a flat, or an estate. Unfortunately the buildings that are already standing will have an effect of some sort, so it might be worth considering the half a day work shop.
The seminar isn't a cheap discussion, but the advice and researched evidence provided will be based on concrete research, so you might want to get out your wallet.
75pp ( vat) (or 1 place from a purchased season ticket)