IHBC NW Events Calendar 2018

Below are a number of upcoming events for 2018 which are supported by and/or organised by the IHBC North West Branch. Please contact for further information or to register a place.

Practical Training Day: Roofing and Hot Mixed Traditional Mortars

10th & 11th May, Llanwrst, Wales

The THI and the Natural Building Centre – Llanwrst, are to deliver a practical training day delivering traditional random pegged roofing and hot mixed traditional mortars. All of which will be done and applied on a live project, with the building dating back as far as 1498!

The days will be delivered for FREE, with lunch provided. Additionally on the 10th, FREE return transport will be available from Prescot-Llanwrst. On the 11th attendees are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

To secure a place, we will need your name and address details if attending as an individual, or if attending on behalf of your company / employer we will need your company name and an address.

Any queries or booking please get in touch with Richard MacDonald at

If you book a place and fail to attend, you/your company will be invoiced £100 (this is to cover the cost for the day) for your non-attendance.

Course details

  • Dates: 10th and 11th of May
  • Transport pick up point and time: Prescot St Mary’s Parish Church, 8am swift departure (10th May only).
  • Start time at Llanwrst: 10am
  • Cost: Free unless you do not attend then an invoice of £100
  • Number of places: 12 each day
  • PPE provided: Hard hat, glasses and gloves – please wear suitable footwear for working with slate and lime.
  • Allocation: First come, first served.
  • Please send any dietary requirements you have along with your expression of interest to to secure a place.

Interpro Social

6th June, Talbot Mill, Manchester

A chance to socialise with wider members of the built environment, across 12 different institutions.

Booking details tbc, but please contact for more information.

Manchester Town Hall CPD

6-7pm, 14th June, Manchester

A joint event with the RTPI. A talk on the restoration and refurbishment of this Grade I listed building, led by the architects for the project, Purcell.

Free to attend. Further details to be circulated, but register your interest with

IHBC North West Summer Social

4:30pm, 6th September, Blackburn

Join us at this year’s summer social which is being held in Blackburn in recognition of the excellent work that has been taking place in the development of the Cathedral Quarter and the Townscape Heritage Initiative. Meet us at 4:30pm to enjoy a tour of the Cathedral and Cathedral Quarter with Clare Turner from Blackburn with Darwen BC and learn about the wonderful work that has taken place and is continuing.

We will then stroll through the townscape heritage area taking in the Library and Town Hall before arriving at the Grade II listed ‘Cotton Exchange’ where we will hear about Re:source’s ambition to bring the property back into use. On the way to our buffet supper we will visit ‘The Bureau’ a volunteer led arts centre in the former St John’s Methodist Church. At 6:30pm we will rest and recharge at A Mano Italian restaurant in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter for a pizza buffet and drink refreshments in our own dedicated area.

Partners, loved ones and other halves are all welcome! All for a bargain price…likely to be circa £5 per person to help contribute to costs.

The cathedral is a short walk from the train station, local bus routes and there is car parking within an easy distance.

Please contact Christine Davis to book your place:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Further information can be found at:

Wythenshawe Hall (TBC)

September, Wythenshawe Hall

A tour of the restoration work at Wythenshawe Hall, led by the contractor, Conlon Construction.

Further details to be circulated, but register your interest with

IHBC NW Regional Conference: Places of Worship

18th October, Liverpool Medical Institution, Liverpool

This year’s conference focusses upon the many challenges faced in the conservation of historic places of worship. These buildings are used by a wide range of denominations and faiths, including churches and chapels, meeting houses, synagogues, gurdawaras, temples, mandirs and mosques. An increasing number of secular buildings are now also being used by faith groups, such as former schools and cinemas. These buildings often have a key presence in the wider historic environment, contributing positively to the quality of the local townscape and a sense of place as well as embodying evidential, historical, aesthetic and communal values.

Managing places of worship to ensure their long term preservation and ongoing use whilst minimising harm to their significance can be a considerable challenge. This may require balancing evolving faith practices, congregational expectations, and accommodating a wider range of activities alongside ongoing maintenance and historic fabric repair. The conference will consider different ways in which this balance can be achieved in order to support their ongoing use as places of worship, particularly where there is a need to make physical changes to the fabric or install new facilities for community use.

Where a religious use cannot be sustained, these buildings often present unique challenges – as well as opportunities – to accommodate alternative new uses. Examples of best practice will be highlighted to illustrate how places of worship can be adapted and converted to new uses whilst minimising harm to their significance.

The conference will be of interest to conservation officers, planners, architects, developers, property owners, amenity societies, and all those who manage and care for historic places of worship.

Booking details tbc, but please contact for more information.

Albert Dock 175 Interpro: Transport

6-8pm, 18th October, Liverpool

The fifth in the interpro lecture series, celebrating the range of built environment professionals that have contributed to the successful regeneration of the Albert Dock. Led by the Transport Planning Society, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, this event will focus on transport and connectivity in and around waterfront regeneration projects.

Free to attend, booking details tbc, but please contact for more information.


15th November, Long Street Methodist Church & School, Middleton

The AGM will be in in Middleton, allowing us to explore the architecture of Edgar Wood with David Morris, followed by the AGM and Christmas meal.

Further details to be circulated, but register your interest with Ian Lucas at and Lisa McFarlane (please copy both in).