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Conservation Skills for On Site Personnel - SOLD OUT

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 14 September 2017
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €245
    Non-Members: €295

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    7 hours   C1


The course is aimed at engineering and construction personnel working on conservation projects in hands-on roles. The course is designed to provide an introduction to the area, and provide delegates with an understanding of when a specialist is required, what to expect when dealing with conservation projects, the common problems encountered and what they can do about them.

Course Aim

At the end of the course delegates will have obtained a valuable understanding of the principles of conservation of historic structures and will be able to identify areas of further specialised training, if required.


  • Introduction to Theory & Practice of Conservation                           

This session will serve as an introduction to conservation for site personnel; what is conservation, its purpose, when to replace like for like, when to replace with something completely new etc.

  • Legislation & Policy in Conservation – Context for On-Site Personnel

This session will cover the legislation and policy governing conservation in Ireland from a practical perspective covering compliance, major policy initiatives and how to find out more about particular areas.

  • Practicalities of Conservation Interactive Masterclass

This masterclass demonstrates the principles of repair to brick and stone chimneys; roof slating, cast iron gutter, downpipes and leadwork; roof and floor structures; wet rot, dry rot and woodworm; masonry walls and architectural features; basements and rising damp.


  • There are no pre-requisites for this course



  • Lisa Edden,   BEng, Chartered Engineer, MIStructE, MIEI

Lisa studied civil engineering at Bristol University and subsequently worked in London for eight years, five of which were for Alan Baxter & Associates, designing structural solutions for the care and repair of both historic buildings and new developments. The other three years were spent on site supervising large inner-city office developments with deep basements. Lisa moved to Ireland in 1994 and worked on a number of projects with both P. H. McCarthy & Partners and Ove Arup & Partners before setting up her own practice in 1998. Since then, she has been involved in the structural engineering aspects of the repair and rehabilitation C15th /16th Tower houses and numerous C 17th - 20th vernacular and historic buildings ranging from follies to Palladian houses. More recently she has been involved in the assessment of medieval ruinous structures with regard to stabilisation, conservation and repair as ruins. She also has significant experience of participating in the interdisciplinary analysis of buildings and their environs in the context of policy formulation for Conservation Plans. Over the last decade Lisa has attended Building Conservation master classes at West Dean College Sussex, UK. She co researched and wrote “Roofs – a guide to the repair of historic roofs” published 2010 by DoEHLG (now DAHG) part of the Architectural Advice series.

She is an active committee member of Engineers Ireland Heritage Society working towards the recognition of Conservation Engineering in Ireland and also the Building Limes Forum Ireland where she organises CPD courses for building professionals.

Chris Southgate - Director, Southgate Associates, MA (Cantab); FIEI; Struct.E, CEng

Chris Southgate established Christopher Southgate and Associates (CHSA) in 1990 as a practice which specialised in building conservation.  CHSA merged with TKB Associates to become TKB Southgate Associates in 2007. Now, as Southgate Associates, the team has seamlessly carried on with the high standards developed and maintained by Chris which are fundamental part of the Southgate philosophy.

As well as his background in engineering, Chris has a unique and detailed knowledge of dealing with issues affecting deterioration and the business of dating fabric from physical evidence. This has resulted in a holistic approach to building conservation where the maximum conservation of structure and fabric is achieved and the significance of the building maintained.

Chris has lectured in UCD in the prestigious MUBC Course, Dublin Civic Trust, The Irish Georgian Society and the Historic Buildings of Ireland Conference. He has won the RIBA award for specialist structural involvement in the Connemara West Centre which went on to receive a nomination for the specialist category at the CIF awards in the Biennale exhibition in Venice.  Chris also received the FTPI Silver Jubilee Award for the project at Fenn’s Quay in Cork. Chris was also involved in Farmleigh House, which went on to win the heritage category at the CIF awards in 2001.


Make a Booking

14 September 2017


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.