National trade body The Property Care Association has joined forces with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) to deliver an industry first in training delivery.

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A one-day course ‘Alternative Repair Strategies for Traditional Repair,’ will bring together heritage experts from SPAB with delegates from the preservation sector to look at strategies for working on traditional buildings.

The event takes place on Thursday 18 June 2015, at the PCA’s new practical training facispablity in Huntingdon.

Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, said: “This is the first time that we have had the heritage sector delivering training to the preservation sector in this way and we are delighted it has been made possible.

“It is aimed at those working on traditional buildings, defined as solid-walled properties pre-dating about 1919.

“The focus is on how traditional methods of repair can be embraced in these modern times.”

“PCA members understand that traditional buildings differ fundamentally in construction from modern ones and this can necessitate the use of repair strategies that are sympathetic and complementary to the original structure.

“As these buildings represent no less than 20 per cent of the country’s housing stock, there’s a compelling case to look at them in isolation.”

Douglas Kent, Technical and Research Director at SPAB, added: “The course will explain how traditionally constructed buildings differ in their construction, introduce delegates to the SPAB’s philosophy of ‘conservative repair’ and make clear the legal controls.”

The cost of the training, which includes practical workshop sessions and demonstrations, is £245 for PCA members or £295 for non-members.

Demand for the course has been such that the first date has already sold out but to find out more and to register interest for further dates visit



Notes To Editors

Noted for its training and technical expertise, the PCA incorporates the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA), which has been in formation for more than 80 years.

The trade body represents the UK’s flood protection sector as well as the structural repair, structural waterproofing, wood preservation, damp-proofing and invasive weed control industries.

Press release written by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR Limited, 01538 308685/07985 129315 or