For CPD events for property professionals across the Chilterns and Thames Valley


APC workshop

Thame Barns Centre

This half-day workshop is aimed at RICS APC candidates planning to submit their final assessment in January 2016.  It is appropriate for APC candidates following all of the APC pathways to include building surveying, commercial property practice, planning and development, project management, residential survey and valuation, rural and quantity surveying.

ECA client business morning (an ECA event)

Newbury Rugby Club, Newbury RG14 7RW

The Electrical Constractors' Association (ECA) is running a free Client Business Morning at Newbury Rugby Club on Wednesday, 21 October.

The morning will consist of talks on:

CDM 2015 - KeyOstas - covering the main changes to the CDM regulations introduced in April 2015

LED back to the future - DEXTRA Lighting - looking at past LED perceptions and current reality efficiency

Energy efficient heating and tThe connected home - Dimplex - looking ahead to some of the future trends we can expect to see from the electrical heating sector

Building Surveyors' Oxford Briefing 2015

Culham Conference Centre, nr Abingdon OX14 3DB

A sunny, autumnal day at Culham Science Centre, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire was the setting for this year's Building Surveyors' Oxford Briefing, attended by over 100 people from as far away as Cornwall, Derbyshire, Kent and Shropshire.  Thank you to everyone for your support:  speakers, sponsors and delegates.

Presentations from Oxford Briefing 2015

Practical completion - the law and practice (a CIArb event)

Holiday Inn Maidenhead

Architects and surveyors are required by standard forms of contract to determine when practical completion has been reached.  Many other issues flow from this vital decision and yet time and again professionals get it wrong - leading to disputes and complications.  This talk, arranged by the CIArb Thames Valley branch, will try to unravel the essential elements of practical completion from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint.  The presentations will consider:

Dilapidations - a recap of the legal position and the surveyor's role in litigation

Holiday Inn Hemel Hemsptead

In this talk, Lynsey Newman of SA Law will recap on the fundamental principles of assessing a terminal dilapidations claim, considering the basis of quantification, diminution in value and the impact of lease terms and the age and nature of the building on the damages.

She will consider the surveyor’s role in advising the client and acting as an expert, highlighting judicial comment on expert’s conduct. And she will consider the various ways in which settlement of the dilapidations claim can be achieved.

A step-by-step guide to payment notices

Thame Barns Centre, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3AJ

Although changes to payment notices were introduced over three years ago as part of LDEDC (Construction Act) 2009, there continues to be uncertainty and confusion over the payment notice regime.  Keith Blizzard of Shakespeares Legal LLP will provide a step-by-step guide to payment notices, working carefully though the process,  illustrating with plenty of examples, and giving an update on changes in 2015.

Head Start to Retirement workshop (a LionHeart event)

Thame Barns Centre, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3AJ


If you are thinking about retiring...

  • You may be feeling excited about the prospect of being able to finally focus on the things you love to do but never previously had time for
  • You might be wondering how you will fill all that extra leisure time
  • You may have concerns as to whether your finances will stretch
  • You might be feeling overwhelmed by all the possibilities.

The best way to address these concerns and make sure you get the most out of your retirement is to spend some time planning for it. 

Telecommunications: issues for landowners and surveyors

Maidenhead Golf Club, Maidenhead SL6 2PZ

With mobile telephony having been around for over two decades, one might have thought that the siting and management of telecoms masts and associated equipment would be well-established with decreasing change and little to say.  But that's not the case, hence this presentation on telecoms given by James Robinson of Telemaster Ltd.

His talk was given from the perspective of landowners and their agents, including surveyors, with topics including: