Monthly Archives: May 2016

Apply now: NHTG Building Traditional Skills Bursary Scheme

NHTG-HLF bursary training opportunities: Site-based schemes

The National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) has been awarded £779,200 funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to provide high quality, work-based training and skills development opportunities to equip people for a career in the built heritage sector, with the bursaries organised across the country by regional heritage coordinators.

The National Heritage Training Group’s (NHTG) bursary scheme is all about finding passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated people to be trained to work on England’s traditional buildings.  Overall, there will be 30 variable-length educational bursaries offered, working on live heritage sites across England.

Training and live site-based work experience is the largest element of this Project. Opportunities will include:

  • 30 variable-length traditional building craft skills bursary placements
  • 100 delegates attending a 2 day course to achieve the Level 3 Unit Award in Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings
  • 10 Heritage Specialist Apprenticeships
  • 20 Level 3 NVQ Diplomas in Heritage Skills
  • 10 Mentors to train enabling them to pass on their skills and knowledge to develop the abilities of less experienced trades people.

The placements are each of 6 or 12 months, with imminent and differing closing dates, and include:

  • a specialist Historic Building Conservation company, 12-month placement with Carrek Ltd based on historic projects in the South West of England.. Application closing date: 27/05/16.
  • a Historic Building Conservation company 12-month placement with Oxford Lime Mortar Ltd specialising in lime mortars and associated materials working on historic projects within a 30mile radius of Oxford. Application closing date: 27/05/16.
  • a 12 month placement with a specialist Historic Building Conservation company, McCurdy & Co Ltd based on historic projects in the South of England. Application closing date: 20/06/16.
  • a 6-month placement to learn Pargeting (lime plaster modelling) and many other built heritage skills, working with Anna Kettle Design, an experienced Pargeter and historic building conservation specialist practitioner. The placement will be based at a 17th Century timber frame farmhouse near Bedford, in the South of England.

Application closing date: 21/06/16
If you are interested to offer a placement with your specialist heritage building company or in undertaking a training placement, for more information about the scheme please contact:

Graham Lee, National Project Manager,

Tel: 07971 655692 Email:

Find out more about NHTG Building Traditional Skills Bursary Scheme

Georgian Group Architectural Awards

The Georgian Group’s Architectural Awards, sponsored by international estate agents Savills and now in their fifteenth year, recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the United Kingdom and reward those who have shown the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes. Awards are also given for high-quality new buildings in Georgian contexts and in the Classical tradition. The 2016 Awards will be presented by Loyd Grossman, CBE at the RIBA in early November 2016.

Entries for the 2016 awards are now being invited. There is no entry fee. Schemes must be in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Channel Islands and must have reached practical completion between 1st January 2016 and 1st August 2016. For the purpose of the Awards, the term ‘Georgian’ embraces the period of classical ascendancy in Britain and is taken to mean 1660–1840. The award categories are: Restoration of a Georgian Country House; Restoration of a Georgian Interior; Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting; Reuse of a Georgian Building; Restoration of a Georgian Garden or Landscape; New Building in the Classical Tradition; New Building in a Georgian Context.

The owner’s consent is a condition of entry. Please send a description of your project with a selection of images to or to David McKinstry, The Secretary, The Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX by 5pm on Friday 29 July 2016.

Further details….

The Building Awards

The 2016 UK Construction Building Awards are now open for entries, with 21 categories including refurbishment project of the year, woman of the year, contractor of the year and consultant of the year (closing date for entries is 17 June). more….