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CIOB announce their 2020 conservation conference


13th January 2020

The CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) has announced the date for their next conservation conference: Future Skills for Traditional Buildings. The event, on 28 April, will feature an impressive line-up of speakers, covering every aspect of heritage in the built environment and will be delivered in partnership with English Heritage.

The CIOB’s headline conservation event, for which tickets sold out last year, is currently on offer, with an early bird special until 31 January 2020. The offer is for 10% off member and non-member prices – use booking code: EARLY2020

The beautiful central London venue is in keeping with the theme of the event – Church House is set within Dean’s Yard, close to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Speakers include high profile figures from the heritage and built environment sectors. Chair for the event will be the CIOB’s Chief Executive, Caroline Gumble, and during the conference the CIOB will invite delegates to explore questions such as:

  • How can we balance the shortage of traditional skills with the need to move to modern methods of working?
  • What is the role of apprenticeships in the heritage and conservation sector?
  • Are there digital solutions for heritage and traditional buildings?
  • What makes the heritage sector an attractive career choice for young people?
  • Where exactly are the skills shortages?


This is the sixth time the CIOB has run this event, which recognises the importance of historic buildings and conservation work in the construction industry. The CIOB believes that most construction professionals will work on historic buildings at some point in their career - in the UK alone, 50% of all construction works are on traditional buildings. While there are standards, training schemes and qualifications focussed on modern methods of construction, this conference focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to conserve, repair and refurbish our valuable historic and traditional buildings. 

The one-day event costs £110 per delegate for CIOB members, with a discounted rate for students and apprentices. A full list of speakers is available online – go to for all the price options, the timetable for the day or to book a place.

Event details: 


The CIOB would like to thank Platinum Sponsors Sir Robert McAlpine and all the other sponsors who will be exhibiting at the event.




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