Directory of Traditional Building Skills

The Directory of Traditional Building Skills draws together a wide selection of those working in the fields of historic building conservation, ranging from architects to quantity surveyors to specialist sub-contractors. A key element to any successful restoration project is to ensure that appropriate conservation works are carried out using the correct methods and most appropriate materials by qualified and experienced consultants.


Since 1993, UAHS in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency has produced a comprehensive online 'Built Heritage at Risk Northern Ireland Register' (BHARNI). The primary aims of the B.H.A.R.N.I project are to identify vulnerable structures which are at risk, raise awareness and act as a catalyst for their reuse. Associated with the B.H.A.R.N.I Register are a number of resources to provide information and advice. The Directory of Traditional Building Skills identifies and promotes the importance of traditional building skills in the conservation of historic buildings. It provides general guidance for working with historic buildings and hosts a variety of associated conservation specialists in Northern Ireland.

The Advice & Guidance section offers general conservation and maintenance advice as well as technical information and links.  There are 13 sections in total which provide specific advice on traditional building specialisms and elements, such as joinery, ironmongery, roofs and glazing.  There is also a further reading section and useful links section.

Four previous editions exist and this new 5th edition brings together a user friendly updated ONLINE Directory which can be searched by location, skills specialism or Accreditation. There are a large number of practitioners listed and the Directory is constantly expanding and evolving.

If you are a practitioner or crafts person that works with historic buildings and would like to be featured in the new Directory, please contact the UAHS office or A PDF of the application form can be downloaded here: APPLICATION FORM (online form coming soon).

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Inclusion in The Directory should not be regarded as either a recommendation or an endorsement by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

Please note that The Directory is not comprehensive and no offence should be taken by any firm not included. The Directory will be updated on a regular basis, so if you wish to be included, please contact our office.

The Directory has been compiled from information given by those listed and no responsibility is accepted by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society for the accuracy of the information, or for any fault or accident arising from the workmanship of anyone listed, or from materials used or supplied by them.

Please note that some elements of this Directory are still under development such as formats for tablets and Ipads.

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