19 September 2019

Date and venue announced for the NFB’s Heritage Conference and Exhibition 2020

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is pleased to announce that its Heritage Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Tower of London, a secure fortress, royal palace and infamous prison.

Now in its fourth year, the highly popular conference is being added to with an exhibition of heritage and construction suppliers. The annual NFB Heritage Conference and Exhibition aims to inform and update delegates on advancements in the heritage construction sector while also allowing them to receive a report on the progress made by the NFB’s Heritage Group. 

The heritage sector is still a resource under threat with skills, experience and expertise being lost to future generations. Without these skills it will be difficult to repair and care for historic buildings, highlighting the need for immediate, strong and sustained action to prevent further erosion of the skills base.

The 2020 conference will focus on the needs and challenges being faced by the heritage built sector. It will look at how traditional skills must work alongside modern building practices, to ensure the future of our growing stock of traditional buildings. The importance of innovation, collaboration, skills, education and better procurement practices will be explored alongside a showcase of fascinating heritage projects. 

Members of the NFB Heritage Group will join the wider NFB membership and construction companies with a particular focus and interest in the built heritage environment, to address some of these challenges. Clare Watson, NFB Heritage Group Chair said:

“I am delighted that we are back at the Tower of London for what promises to be another fantastic NFB Heritage Group Conference.  The event will feature an impressive line-up of speakers, covering a variety of topics related to heritage and conservation in the built environment. I am confident that we will have some interesting and lively debates.”

The conference and exhibition will be held on Thursday 26 March 2020.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Clare Watson, NFB Heritage Group Chair: the vision for the heritage group and case study
  • Matt Stevens, International Fire Consultants Limited: the balance between conservation and effective fire safety
  • Simon Sadinsky, The Prince’s Foundation: craft skills and the value of interdisciplinary learning

Further speakers to be announced.

Ticket prices include access to the Crown Jewels and White Tower. The ‘early bird’ delegate rate is £60 for members and £120 for non-members. From 31 January 2020 these rates will increase to £80 for members and £160 for non-members. All prices quoted are exclusive of VAT.

To book your ticket, view the agenda and see the full list of speakers visit: https://www.builders.org.uk/events.

The NFB would like to thank its sponsors: B&CE, CITB, City & Guilds and Crosby Associates Media Ltd.