Winter: a great opportunity for hibernation, contemplation and planning. Following on from our last blog (click here if you missed it) – a timely event to immerse yourself in helpful advice on alterations to your heritage or listed building is The Listed Property Show in London – held this year on February 9th and 10th As an owner of a heritage or listed building contemplating renovation work there is much on offer at the show to help you bounce your ideas off industry experts and perhaps absorb new information. In short, it is a very time efficient way to spend a day or two doing research. The event is held over two days and hosts industry experts available for one-to-one discussions, a programme of talks, suppliers, and practical demonstrations. The full programme of talks is available to review here. The programme of talks is packed – each around 45 minutes long. Even as an industry professional these talks are very absorbing! If you can visit for only one day the choice should be led by the talk topics. The talks that may be perhaps most poignant on the Saturday -depending on your building of course – are 12.30pm ‘Control of Dampness’; 3.30pm ‘The Importance of Considering Bats in Buildings’, and 4.15pm ‘Timber Frame Buildings’. The talk regarding bats is of paramount importance if you suspect your building may be used at all by them as they are protected species. Any proposed building works that may disturb them (and to determine this you would require expert advice) will require managing to be carried out around their seasonal activity. This item is one of the key activities which could affect your building programme. The advice is to take early expert advice! Your conservation architect should be able to put you in touch with appropriately qualified people. On the Sunday key talks to look out for are: 12.00pm ‘Surveys’ 1.45pm ‘Conservation Architects: Great Expectations from a Bleak House’ 2.30pm ‘Building Performance: Keeping Your Home Warm and Dry’ In between the talks you can duck out to gather industry literature from a wide range of suppliers. Such information could then be passed on to your conservation professional, should you engage one, to help your conversation with them to discuss your interests and ideas. If you can make it have a great weekend at The Listed Property Show Event! Our next sequence of three blogs will discuss different key aspects of how our heritage buildings influence our health and wellbeing: the first in the series will focus on dampness and mould. Living with heritage buildings, not despite them, can be a learning curve, but a great place to start is connecting with Heritage Revival via this blog. During 2019 blog posts are scheduled for release on Fridays every fortnight. Do follow us so you don’t miss an update.