Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets, 17 October, Bristol

This course for people engaged with the maintainance of Listed Buildings in Local Authority ownership will introduce delegates to the variety of historic buildings and sites, the existing tools for good practice and how to achieve benefits from the historic estate.


Who should attend?

The course is aimed at Asset Managers, Estate Surveyors, Facilities Managers, Planners and anyone engaged with the maintenance and management of Listed Buildings in Local Authority ownership. This training is aimed at delegates with limited existing knowledge of heritage.

Why should you join this course?

This course will introduce delegates to the variety of historic buildings and sites, the existing tools for good practice and how to achieve benefits from the historic estate. This course involves a significant amount of group work and discussion, so it will also allow delegates to share their experiences and learn from others.


At the end of this course delegates will:

  • Understand the range of heritage assets and know where to go for further information on these
  • Have examined the framework for ‘best practice’ in managing heritage assets and how heritage can be integrated into asset management plans (AMPs)
  • Have explored options for ‘action’ for heritage buildings including understanding of the conservation and maintenance aspects of heritage buildings, continuing use, alternative use
  • Know how to use tools for management and recording

Course outline

09:30 Refreshments & Registration
10:00 Welcome & Introduction
10:15 The Importance of Heritage
10:45 Best Practice in Managing Heritage Assets
11:20 Coffee Break
11:35 Integrating Heritage with Asset Management Plans
12:05 Conservation Aspects – Introducing Some Key Tools
12:45 Lunch
13:15 Conservation Aspects – A Case Study Discussion Session
13:55 Developing a Heritage Strategy
14:35 Coffee Break
14:50 Options for Heritage Sites – Case Studies From the Local Area
15:25 Alternative Uses – a Broader Vision
15:55 Q&A with all speakers
16:10 Summary of the day
16:15 Close

Meet the tutors

Alan Phelps

Alan is lead consultant on public sector property asset management with NPS Property Consultants Ltd (NPS) and has been involved in asset management since its inception in the UK. With over 30 years local government experience at a range of organisations; across a variety of functions and at a senior level, Alan is able to provide consultancy advice on a broad subject range. Alan is a qualified urban planner with a PHD in Asset Management from the School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham and is uniquely placed to integrate academic, consultancy and practitioner experience in asset management drawing on extensive international and domestic project work. Whilst at Kent County Council Alan established and managed ‘Insight’, a public sector consultancy. This provided services to the public sector in the UK and internationally as a fee-earning activity for the council.

Paul Kings

Paul is a Senior Associate Architect within the NPS Group. He is also an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation with extensive experience working on Listed Buildings and Scheduled Monuments across the country. His key areas of work include heritage consultancy, building repair and conservation, quinquennial inspections and sensitive refurbishments and alterations. In recent years Paul has worked for both the National Trust and English Heritage on a number of their properties and is currently working with Wigan Council on their plans to develop the Grade II listed Leigh Town Hall.

Alan Wright

Alan is a Conservation Accredited Building Surveyor and Conservation Consultant for the NPS Group. Alan’s experience runs across a number of sectors including renovation of council offices at the Grade II* Norwich City Hall as well as production of Conservation Management Plans for the Grade II* Smithdon High School, a neo Brutalist 1950s school in King’s Lynn. As part of a £4.3M HLF funded Parks For People project, Alan guided the conservation and refurbishment of a number of public parks structures across Norwich city.

Last year Alan and Paul delivered a condition survey of a series of derelict Grade II and Grade II* listed mill buildings for Leeds City Council and Historic England in line with their Stopping The Rot guidance. The aim of this report was to guide the building owners to focus on the most urgent areas of repairs. The owners now have plans to develop the buildings for residential use.

Course venue and booking

The course will take place on 17 October 2018 at the Old Council House, Bristol.

Book onto this course via Eventbrite.

Learning resources

Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets

Published 18 August 2017

The guidance is primarily aimed at local authority asset managers and is intended to raise the profile of heritage assets and to provide a framework of ‘best practice’ for their care.

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