CPD seminar: Tenements – assessment retrofitting and refurbishment
Date & Time

24 May 2022
15:00 - 19:00


Stirling Court Hotel, Airthrey Road, Stirling, FK9 4LA
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CPD seminar: Tenements – assessment retrofitting and refurbishment

Date & Time

24 May 2022
15:00 - 19:00


Stirling Court Hotel, Airthrey Road, Stirling, FK9 4LA
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Future of tenements – can we adapt and retrofit this housing stock to last for another 150 years? This seminar will explore these issues and possibilities.

In preference to replacement, a main principle for sustainability is to upgrade older buildings to conform to modern standards. There is a very important role for structural engineers in such work.  Although this seminar will focus on assessment, refurbishment and retrofitting of tenements, many of the principles discussed will be relevant to other types of building.
Tenements are a large part of Scottish Culture and Heritage and structural engineers should play a more vital role in their preservation. There is a shortage of structural engineering involvement in what is a vast potential area of work and this seminar should enlighten and demystify some of the perceived risks in this type of work.


14.30  Registration, tea/coffee

15.00  Welcome

15.05  Introduction - Iain MacLeod 

  • Background to the seminar.
  • Structural form of tenements.
  • In 1900, what might a IStructE group have recommended about the design of tenements.

15.30    Evolution and architectural features of tenements – Alan Grant

  • Origins of the tenement.
  • Introduction of the tenement to Scotland.
  • Social demographics of tenements.
  • Tenement design.
  • Previous retro-fits from the 1950`s to 1990`s.

16.15   Break

16.40    Current thoughts on structural approach, by experience - Andrew Allan

  • Tenements - Why get involved?
  • Structural appaisal approach.
  • Structural problems encountered.
  • Structural techniques and repair details.
  • Damage: Risks and liability mitigation.
  • H&S Implications.          

18.10   The future of tenements – Alan Grant 

  • Current use of the tenement.
  • Adapting the tenement to a sustainable/ structural level.
  • Life expectancy of the tenement.
  • The future of the tenement?   

18.45   Q & A

19.00   Finish


Iain MacLeod
Retired Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Strathclyde.
Chairman, Scottish Branch IStructE, 1985
Alan Grant
Alan Grant is an Chartered Architect, Urban and Regional Planner, Arbiter and Principal Designer. He was Director of GrantMurray Architects Ltd for 29 years and in 2014, he became a consultant in the practice. Over the last 40 years, he has consistently worked on Victorian tenements and continues to do so. Laterly, he has provided in-house seminars about the Victorian tenement to a number of inner city Glasgow Housing Associations.

Andrew Allan
Andrew Allan is a Chartered Structural and Civil Engineer with over 30 years of experience in tenements and is currently Director of his own firm, namely Greig Penman Ltd which has specialised in tenements for the past 10 years.

Andrew should also be well known from his SRG Committee activities during 1997-2004 and 2012-2019 and also from his ongoing role as Auditor of Design of Building Structures (SER Ltd) for the past 10 years.

Additional Attendee Information

Recommended for 4hr CPD.

In person event. This event will not be recorded.

All welcome.

We are pleased to let you know that we have been able to hold our prices at 2020 levels!  Registration fee (VAT exempt):

Graduate Members of IStructE - £70.00

Other Members of IStructE - £80.00

Non Members of IStructE - £90.00

Please register and pay via Eventbrite - see above.



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