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Grade 3 Services

Architect/Practice accredited in conservation at Grade 3: Services

“Conservation works should only be carried out by persons competent in these specialist activities.” (International Council on Monuments and Sites. Guidelines for Education and Training)

An Architect/Practice accredited in conservation at Grade 3 is qualified to provide, in relation to works appropriate to their Grade, the full range of services as described in the RIAI Client/Architect Agreement and, in addition –

To advise on:

  • the philosophy and principles of conservation;
  • UNESCO, ICOMOS and other Charters, Regulations and Guidelines;
  • The legal background to conservation;
  • The implications of the purchase of a protected structure;
  • Statutory obligations for declarations, notifications and consents;
  • The need for historic research and analysis;
  • The need for specialist advice;
  • Appropriate general repairs to historic fabric;
  • Appropriate new uses for historic buildings.
  • Applying for grants and funding for conservation works;
  • Contracts suitable for conservation work;
  • The conservation implications and need for specialist design for temporary works, demolition and shoring for historic buildings;
  • Maintenance strategies and management policies for environmental protection and preservation of monuments and their contents, and sites;

And to:

  • Examine a historic building or site, and identify its emotional, cultural and use significance;
  • Commission searches of records and archives;
  • Diagnose, in broad outline, causes of decay and recommend appropriate specialist investigation;
  • Define the need for specialist studies of materials and systems, the services of art and architectural historians, archaeologists, conservators
  • and other specialist consultants; and of specialist contractors, technicians, craftsmen and tradesmen;
  • Design appropriate alterations and extensions;
  • Document the works executed and making them accessible
  • Work with inhabitants, administrators and planners to develop conservation strategies appropriate to local needs, abilities and resources;