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AR50149: The legislative framework

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 45%, EX 55%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 45% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Examination (EX 55% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with knowledge of the legal and fiscal environment related to historic buildings.

Learning Outcomes:
To be fully conversant with the law relating to historic buildings and to be able to advise clients on their position with respect to building contracts and value added tax. To be able to deal with the pressure groups involved with historic buildings and sites.

* To devise arguments for the retention, repair and possible adaptive reuse of historic buildings, sites and landscapes
* To identify and evaluate the significance of historic sites, as a basis to develop policies for their conservation.
Professional, practical:
* To make critical evaluations, arguments and judgements, and communicate clearly to specialists and non-specialists
* To operate within the appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the professions and the environment.
* To carry out or commission research, analysis and recording of the historic environment
* To be able to work autonomously and with other professionals to develop strategies appropriate to historic buildings, and to recognise when advice should be sought.
These skills are taught, facilitated and assessed.


* The law and listed buildings - planning legislation at a national level as it affects conservation; the listing of historic buildings; ancient monuments legislation; Building Regulations and conservation; comparisons with European and North American legislation.
* Listed building consent and appeals - the enquiry and appeals system; case study based on the City of Bath
* Conservation and development - an historical overview of changing attitudes and policies from the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act to the present day; conservation areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty; heritage management and urban renewal; English Heritage; the National Amenity Societies and the role of pressure groups; Building Preservation Trusts; the work of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and international charters and standards.
* Contracts for conservation work - the main contract; the construction management contract.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50149 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.