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Find skilled tradespeople and professionals

Organisations that can help you find skilled tradespeople and professionals to work on traditional buildings.

1 Overview

You will need to use the services of skilled tradespeople and sometimes professionals to help you look after your property.  

Trade bodies and professional bodies can help you to find members who are experienced in particular types of conservation work. Some trade federations can recommend members with skills in traditional building methods, particularly in areas such as roofing and leadwork. 

Before selecting an individual or company’s services, view examples of previous work, ask for references and try to visit a recently completed project. This can help you to assess their knowledge, experience and quality of work. Cost is only one consideration.  

For added reassurance, you may wish to use a professional who holds an accreditation in building conservation. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) hold details of suitably accredited architects and surveyors respectively. 

2 Professional bodies

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) 
Telephone: 020 7025 2900 
Website: www.fmb.org.uk 

Health and Safety Executive 
Telephone: 0300 003 1747 
Website: www.hse.gov.uk 

Institute of Conservation (ICON) 
Telephone: 01626 824 510 
Email: parc@icon.org.uk 
Website: www.icon.org.uk 

Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) – including Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition (HESPR) 
Email: contact@ihbc.org.uk 
Website: www.ihbc.org.uk 

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 
Telephone: 01412 215 276 
Email: scotland@ice.org.uk 
Website: www.ice.org.uk 

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 
Telephone: 0131 229 7545 
Email: info@rias.org.uk 
Website: www.rias.org.uk 

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Telephone: 024 7686 8555 
Email: contactrics@rics.org 
Website: www.rics.org

3 Trade bodies

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) 
Telephone: 020 7025 2900 
Website: www.fmb.org.uk 

Glass and Glazing Federation 
Telephone: 020 7939 9101 
Website: www.ggf.org.uk 

Lead Contractors Association 
Telephone: 01342 317 888 
Email: info@lca.gb.com 
Website: www.leadcontractorsassociation.com 

Lead Sheet Association 
Telephone: 01622 872432 
Website: www.leadsheet.co.uk 

National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC) 
Telephone: 020 7638 7663 
Email: info@nfrc.co.uk 
Website: www.nfrc.co.uk 

Painting and Decorating Association
Telephone: 024 7635 3776 
Email: info@paintingdecoratingassociation.co.uk 
Website: www.paintingdecoratingassociation.co.uk 

Scottish Building Federation (SBF) 
Telephone: 0131 556 8866 
Email: info@scottish-building.co.uk 
Website: www.scottish-building.co.uk 

Stone Federation Great Britain 
Telephone: 01303 856 123 
Email: enquiries@stonefed.org.uk 
Website: www.stonefed.org.uk 

4 Training organisations

British Geological Survey 
Telephone0115 936 3143 
Emailenquiries@bgs.ac.uk 
Website: www.bgs.ac.uk 

Council on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC)  
Telephone020 8522 1705 
Email: info@cotac.org.uk 
Website: www.cotac.org.uk 

Dumfries House – Kuanyshev Traditional and Craft Skills Centre  
Telephone: 01290 429 917 
Email: education@dumfries-house.org.uk 
Website: www.dumfries-house.org.uk/education/kuanyshev-traditional-and-craft-skills-centre

Learn, Direct and Build 
Telephone: 01355 807366 
Email: info@learndirectandbuild.com  
Website: www.learndirectandbuild.com 

LTM Group (Laing Traditional Masonry) 
Telephone: 01786 459 990 
Email: enquiries@ltm-group.co.uk 
Website: www.traditionalmasonry.co.uk 

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) 
Telephone: 0131 556 8866 
Email: registrar@sbatc.co.uk 
Website: www.sbatc.co.uk 

Scottish Lime Centre Trust 
Telephone: 01383 872 722 
Website: www.scotlime.org 

Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC) 
Telephone: 01786 448838 
Email: info@spadac.co.uk 
Website: www.spadac.co.uk 

Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre  
Telephone: 01888 511 347 
Email: hello@traditionalskills.com 
Website: www.traditionalskills.com 

Shetland Amenity Trust 
Telephone: 01595 694688 
Email: info@shetlandamenity.org 
Website: www.shetlandamenity.org 

5 Other relevant organisations

BSI Group (British Standards Institution) 
Telephone: 020 8996 9000 
Email: cservices@bsigroup.com 
Website: www.bsigroup.com 

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) 
Telephone: 020 7377 1644 
Email: info@spab.org.uk 
Website: www.spab.org.uk 

Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) 
Telephone: 020 7704 3501 
Email: info@stbauk.org 
Website: www.stbauk.org 

Wood for Good 
Website: www.woodforgood.com 

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