If you are developing a conservation project that aims to carry out physical works, but retain the function and allow visitor access, then the Louise Priestman’s article in the themed Context issue on Building Services will be of special interest: a case study of Durham Cathedral as it widened public access to the hidden architectural spaces and collections through the creative use of the claustral buildings.
image: Context 159, p29 – Durham Cathedral Refectory Library – Louise Priestman
Durham Cathedral has the UK’s only remaining stone-vaulted kitchen, the largest in-situ collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books of any English cathedral and is the most significant and complete Romanesque cathedral in Europe.
How then, when necessary works were proposed, could the use of the buildings be maintained, alongside use as a thriving religious community and tourist attraction?
This case study brings in many complex elements of building conservation project management:
- The need for thorough understanding of the building and its significance prior to specifying works
- Community and building user consultation prior to work commencing
- Creative community engagement and funding models
- The assembling of specialist teams and contractors
- Collection management (considering aspects such as humidity, temperature and ultra-violet light)
- Building Servicing requirements (access, heat, light, ventilation)
Successful project management depends on understanding the building which you are working with, ensuring appropriate finance is in place, good relationships are managed and appropriate techniques are used for the benefit of the building and its community, these cross all parts of the IHBC professional competences.
View the Context article
See the institute’s formal guidance paper on IHBC CPD(scheduled for update)
See more on the IHBC Areas of Competence and competences