The UK’s historic environment provides a tangible link to the past and contributes directly to the social, educational, and environmental prosperity of the country. Through tourism and regeneration, it also supports a healthy economy and maintains the country’s existing assets. Heritage and traditional buildings make up approximately 20% of the UK building stock and include buildings constructed around and before 1919. Listed buildings make up about 2% of total building stock. 

A welcome from Clare Watson, Chair of the NFB Heritage Group

"In the UK, the construction industry employs around 2 million people. The built heritage sector is a subset of the main construction industry, but faces similar challenges around skills shortages and poor external image. In response to these challenges, the NFB formed the NFB Heritage Group to work with our members and industry stakeholders to ensure that the skills, expertise and competences are in place to support a robust built heritage sector going forward. 

The launch of our heritage group at Eltham Palace, on 7 February 2017, provided us with an opportunity to bring together almost 100 like-minded individuals with a particular focus and interest in the built heritage environment, and address some of these challenges. Since this event we have formed a steering group to identify and drive forward the future objectives of the group as a whole. We are now working hard to explore opportunities to develop collaborative programmes and initiatives which can help overcome some of the challenges we currently face."

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Our mission

The NFB Heritage Group is a specialist group consisting of NFB members involved in construction of, or with an interest in, the heritage built environment and we have an obligation to ensuring the needs of the group are met. Therefore, we have a commitment to:

  • Discuss and determine the NFB position relating to training needs, policy priorities, and targets relating to the built heritage sector
  • Represent the needs of NFB members in relation to the built heritage sector
  • Act as an advisory body for NFB members to share knowledge and skills
  • Work with other organisations to promote and campaign on relevant issues
  • Actively support skills development and training opportunities
  • Raise awareness of specialist skills to aid the recruitment of new entrants to the sector 


Launch of the NFB Heritage Group

Simon girling, nicola dyer, clare watson and Richard beresford at the heritage group launch In 2017, the NFB Heritage Group held an event at Eltham Palace, London, to launch the new term of office for the NFB Heritage Group chair, Clare Watson.

The event provided a platform to offer information and guidance from key industry clients and stakeholders, including The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, English Heritage, National Trust, Historic England, and CITB, this was delivered through a series of keynote presentations followed by interactive and a question and answer panel. The event was also designed to gain an insight into key challenges faced by contractors in the sector with the aim of positioning the heritage group to focus on these areas going forward.


Some of the challenges highlighted on the day included:  

  • Recruiting and attracting talent to the sector
  • Encouraging the appropriate treatment of skills and apprenticeships within client tenders
  • Development of training initiatives within contract procurement
  • Improving the education landscape for traditional skills 

Since the 2017 launch event, the NFB Heritage Group held its second annual event at the prestigious Manchester Monastery on 7 March 2018. you can read the full story of this event by clicking here.   

Thank you to our 2018 event sponsors

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Crosby Associates and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).


Save the date - the NFB Heritage Group Event 2019 will be held on Wednesday 13 March. More details to be announced soon...

Our heritage events provide the perfect promotional platform to reach a captive audience of key stakeholders from the construction industry and specifically the built heritage environment. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Hannah Carmichael on or call 03450 570 042.

                               Q&A panel and room shot at the heritage group launch event                            


Membership of the NFB Heritage Group is provided as part of the NFB membership benefits package, but for more information, or to register your interest, please contact the NFB Business & Skills team on 03450 570 042.