Saturday 20th June

School Study Tours

All tours start at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. For start times, end times, end points and full details please see individual tours.

11:00 Hotel check-out

Please note the following:

  • All times are approximate, but tour start times cannot be delayed for late arrivals
  • Please note most tours involve substantial walking so please bring sturdy shoes and wet weather gear
  • Some may require hard hats and these will be provided
  • All tours necessarily are subject to change.

Saltdean LidoStart Time: 09:00 (Coach)

End Time: 16:30 Hilton Brighton Metropole, 17:00 Brighton Railway Station


Starting point: Hilton Brighton Metropole

End Point: Hilton Brighton Metropole/ Brighton Railway Station


Tour Lead: Eimear Murphy MRTPI IHBC of Murphy Associates


This tour takes delegates to some key buildings of the Modern Movement along England’s south coast.


First we visit the  De La Warr Pavilion by Mendelsohn and Chermayeff (1935) which marked a high point in the history of the modern movement, of which the Pavilion website writes:

‘Erich Mendelsohn was already known as one of the great architects of his day, having built his considerable reputation with public and private buildings in Germany. Signature buildings included the Schocken Department store in Chemnitz in 1928 and the Einstein Building in Potsdam (1921). Serge Chermayeff had lived in England since he was a young boy and had an established design practice responsible for the interior of the BBC‘s new Broadcasting House and the Cambridge Theatre. Their partnership lasted three years with the De La Warr Pavilion being their most famous achievement.’


Then we view the Congress Theatre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne (Grade II* listed), a purpose built theatre and conference venue designed by Bryan and Norman Westwood Architects from 1963, refurbished and reopened in March 2019.


Saltdean, a village coastal resort developed in the 1930s by entrepreneur Charles Neville with buildings by R.W.H. Jones is another key site.  Delegates will be guided on a short walking tour, taking in Saltdean Lido (currently being restored) and the former Ocean Hotel (now residential); the design of both buildings no doubt inspired by the De La Warr


As the tour progresses along the coast, further modern movement buildings will be noted in passing as weather and timing allow.

Saltdean, a village coastal resort developed in the 1930s by entrepreneur Charles Neville with buildings by R.W.H. Jones is another key site.  Delegates will be guided on a short walking tour, taking in Saltdean Lido (currently being restored) and the former Ocean Hotel (now residential); the design of both buildings no doubt inspired by the De La Warr


As the tour progresses along the coast, further modern movement buildings will be noted in passing as weather and timing allow.


CPD References

De La Warr Pavilion

Congress Theatre

Saltdean Lido

Ocean Hotel, Saltdean

Embassy Court


Tour SponsorMurphy Associates / Conservation Studio logo

Murphy Associates



The tour is co-sponsored by Eimear Murphy MRTPI IHBC of Murphy Associates, a company that boasts HESPR recognition, and The Conservation Studio.  Eimear, a specialist planner, urban designer and heritage consultant with nearing 30 years experience, has lived in Brighton & Hove for most of three decades.  She works for both local authorities and private clients and was author/co-author of numerous Conservation Area Character Appraisals in coastal towns and cities including Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. She also continues the work of The Conservation Studio.

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Start Times 09:05 Metropole


End Time     12:00 Lewes Station


Starting point: Hilton Brighton Metropole

End Point: Lewes Station


Tour Lead Robert Cheesman and Marcus Taylor, both of whom have lived in Lewes for most of their lives and, until very recently, have been officers of Friends of Lewes, the town’s Civic Society.



Lewes is an historic country town architecturally and culturally and features also in our Day School discussions.  The town recently won an award from South East RTPI for planning excellence for its outstanding Neighbourhood Plan, which will influence future planning decisions.


Once a traditional market town with pre-historic roots, its prosperity was largely due to its position on the river and as a route-centre. The town contains many timber-framed buildings and fine examples of Georgian houses with a profusion of mathematical tiling. The town's landmarks also include the Norman Lewes castle and the remains of Lewes Priory.


Culturally Lewes has a strong community, introducing its own currency - the Lewes pound - in 2008. It is also known as the bonfire capital of the world: on 5th Nov shops are boarded up, trains stopped and local bonfire societies parade with flaming torches, burning barrels of tar and effigies are burned to commemorate the burning of 15 protestant martyrs during the bloody reign of Queen Mary. This tour will take in the history and architecture of the town, taking in local approaches to town centres and the application of the neighbourhood plan. 


CPD References

Southdowns National Park Lewes Neighbourhood Development Plan

Lewes Town Council Neighbourhood Plan

Friends of Lewes Our heritage Neighbourhood Plan

Friends of Lewes


Tour Sponsor


Weald and Downland Living Museum
Image: Poplar Cottage from Washington Sussex

Start Time: 09:15

End Time: 17:00 (Hilton Brighton Metropole), 17:30 (Brighton Railway Station)


Starting point: Hilton Brighton Metropole

End Point: Hilton Brighton Metropole and Brighton Railway Station


Tour Leads: Catherine Woolfitt, Subject Leader Historic Building Conservation and Repair, West Dean College; Lucy Hockley, Cultural Engagement Manager, Weald & Downland Museum, Michael Foley IHBC Brighton School Committee



Weald and Downland Living Museum

'We are an independent Museum, we rescue and conserve historic buildings, we teach traditional trades and crafts to ensure their preservation and we share the untold stories of rural life and those who lived it in the South East of England’


This amazing outdoor museum occupies a 40-acre site and has over 50 buildings that have been reconstructed from elsewhere, many of which have been furnished to recreate historic lifestyles and interiors.  There are year-round exhibits, demonstrations and training courses for all levels - from general interest through to skilled professionals.  It is very much a ‘hands -on’ experience and you can explore the site at your leisure.  There is a team of volunteers, dressed in period costumes, on hand to answer questions and explain about the history of the buildings.  There is a regular programme of demonstrations, including cooking in the Tudor kitchen.


The group will be met at the entrance to the museum for a welcome and introduction talk and then have free time to explore at their own pace and route of choice.  There are toilets available at the entrance.  The unmade paths may be challenging for those with mobility difficulties.


The group will meet back before being taken by coach to West Dean College.


West Dean
image: West Dean College


West Dean College

West Dean College teaches the Professional Development Diploma in the Conservation and Repair of Historic Buildings.


The Diploma is made up of Building Conservation Masterclasses which were developed by Professor John Ashurst and English Heritage. 


It is now recognised by Historic England and adheres to their guidelines and standards which are aimed at improving best building conservation practice.  The Historic England Practical Building Conservation volumes are the core texts which underpin the courses.


The diploma is designed and delivered by leading practitioners and follows the latest knowledge and developments in technology, craft and science applicable to historic buildings, archaeological sites and monuments.


After lunch and a brief introduction to the College, the group will be guided through the various facilities of this fascinating historic site, explaining the significance of the location and buildings, the development and components of the diploma and finally rounded off with some practical demonstrations.  The group will then board the coach and return to Brighton.


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Passivahus Retrofit, Hove
Image Jim Miller

Start Time: 09:15 (Hilton Brighton Metropole)

End Time: 12:00 or earlier with optional public bus return


Starting point: Hilton Brighton Metropole

End Point: Hilton Brighton Metropole


Tour Leads: Jim Miller, Director, Jim Miller Design Ltd, and Jo Saady, Architect and Director, Ecotecture Ecological Design

Branch Lead: Jo Saady



NB: This is practice-focussed walking tour, so throughout the route delegates are encouraged to explore issues observed in buildings, both with the tour leads as well as among the group.


No one can have missed the climate emergency demonstrations of last year.  So how can we reduce energy use in traditional buildings without causing harm to their fabric or appearance?  This walking tour will visit two successful local domestic retrofit case studies in Hove: a late Victorian mid terrace house and a grade II listed mid-19th century lodge. 


Tour lead Jim Miller, Director, Jim Miller Design Ltd, will discuss his methods including the all important questions of fabric build up, cost, how to avoid interstitial condensation and how to achieve better thermal comfort in historic buildings.


Jim is one of Brighton's leading designers in Passivhaus specialising in deep retrofit and Enerfit, the Passivhaus standard for retrofit.  He also leads monthly sustainability meetings in Brighton with the Association of Environmentally Conscious Building (AECB) established in 1989 and the leading network for sustainable building professionals.


He will be supported by Jo Saady, Architect and Director, Ecotecture Ecological Design, an RIBA chartered architect with an MSc in Energy Efficient Building, and a member of the IHBC Brighton School Committee.  With over 30 years in the construction industry her first love for Listed Building and community projects has developed into an appreciation of design excellence.


The tour begins with a 15 minutes walk to the first case study - St Michaels Lodge, 3b Landsdown Road, Hove, BN3 1DN.  This is a deep retrofit of a Grade II listed house which had been formerly extended badly causing many problems.  Here Miller Associates rethought the whole approach from scratch, which included period secondary glazing and MVHR, retrofit waterproofing and the unusual use of foam glass.


This is then followed by a 30 min walk to second case study 92 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WL, a Victorian case, retrofitted to Enerfit standards using woodfibre batts, vermiculite and lime parging. 


Subject to time the tour stop via a Edwardian semi-detached house in Hove the lounge wall containing the stove which has been internally insulated with Diothonite insulating plaster made from lime render and cork.


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Tour Sponsor


University of Sussex
Copyright University of Sussex

Start Time: 09:25

End Time: 13:00 (Campus), 13:30 (Brighton Station), 14:00 (Metropole)

Starting point: Hilton Brighton Metropole

End Point: Various 

Tour Lead: Tim Jefferies, Principal Planning Officer (Conservation), Brighton & Hove City Council

Branch Lead:

Please note:
  • Not all areas on the tour will be fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
  • For those not returning to the Brighton Metropole, luggage can be stored at the Meeting House on arrival.
  • For anyone who wishes to drive, follow signs for the University of Sussex, which is on the north side of the A27. There is designated visitor parking, which is signposted on campus, subject to a daily parking charge. NB: Car parks are not attended and you should not leave objects of value in your vehicle.



The University of Sussex was the first of seven new post-war ‘red brick’ universities and is set in a downland valley on the edge of Brighton. Sir Basil Spence prepared the masterplan and the first buildings were ready for occupation in 1962. Eight of the original buildings were listed in 1993 (seven at grade II* and Falmer House at grade I), set around the open space of Fulton Court. The immensity of Spence’s buildings has been described in the Pevsner Architectural Guide as “Roman”. The buildings have an important relationship with the landscape, designed by Spence in consultation with Dame Sylvia Crowe.

The significant expansion and ongoing densification of the campus have proved challenging for conserving the setting of the listed buildings. Since April 2015 a Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement has been in place between the council, the University and Historic England in respect of repair and alteration works.


This tour will take in the listed buildings of the campus and will include access to some of the key buildings, including Falmer House, the Meeting House, the Library and the Arts Centre. The opportunities and challenges of implementing the Heritage Partnership Agreement and of new development in a significant post-war architectural and landscape setting will be discussed.


CPD References

University of Sussex Architectural Heritage of the Campus

Sir Basil Spence

Tour Sponsor


Brighton College
image Brighton College website

Start Time: 09:30 (Hilton Brighton Metropole); 10:15 (Brighton College)

End Time: 12:15  (Brighton College) 12:45 (Hilton Brighton Metropole)


Starting point: Hilton Brighton Metropole/ Brighton College

End Point: Brighton College/ Hilton Brighton Metropole


Tour Lead: Steve Patten, Projects Director at Brighton College

Branch Lead: TBC



Founded in 1845, Brighton College's original Gothic Revival buildings were designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, with later Victorian buildings by Sir Thomas Graham Jackson RA.  The architectural interest of these buildings - set in a typical collegiate arrangement - is now recognised through their grade II listings and conservation area designation.  
The school has a long history of innovation; in the development of British education and now also in its buildings.  Over recent decades the College has employed a succession of top architects to deliver high quality new design to create quality teaching and residential areas that respond to their historic setting.  These include the Kai Yong Yeoh Building by Hopkins Architects, Simon Smith Building and New House both by Allies and Morrison, and the Eric Parry Music School.  At the other end of the scale, the College recently also used traditional materials, craftmanship and detailing to sensitively replicate the Cairns Tower; an unfinished part of Jackson's original design.
This tour will include an introduction to the College and its buildings by Steve Patten, Projects Director, Brighton College, a tour of the external spaces within the campus taking in a number of the historic and new buildings, followed by a tour of the most recent addition to this site: the OMA-designed School of Science and Sports where delegates will be able to explore at first hand design issues in new development.


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North Laine

Start Time: 09:45

End Time: 11:45


Starting point: Hilton Brighton Metropole

End Point: Hilton Brighton Metropole


Tour Lead: Peter Crowhurst, co-producer of 'North Laine Book'



North Laine was once Brighton’s industrial suburb with water, animals and wood being processed into beer, ginger beer and mineral water, meat and furniture. Much of North Laine’s Victorian townscape is still there to be seen and in recognition of this North Laine became a Conservation Area in 1977. If you would like to know more about North Laine’s history and the buildings which reflect that history, why not join Peter on one of his walks. We start from Brighton Museum and return to Church St about 90 minutes later, with School Guides taking delegates from the Metropole to the tour starting point.


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Tour Lead Self directed



Delegates with free time to view more of Brighton’s heritage can custom-build their own digitally supported ‘Brighton Experience’ with a walking tour around their own selection of churches across Brighton and Hove. (NB: While most churches may be viewed from the exterior only, St Bartholomew’s, Ann Street, is at least one likely candidate to be available for a closer scrutiny of the interior. )


Trips can be planned using the customised IHBC School app, #IHBCBrighton2020 Churches (currently under development) which is offered as a free public download the IHBC School webpage linked above.

St Bartholomew's Church, Ann_Street, Brighton
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On this tour most churches can be viewed from the exterior only, but St Bartholomew’s, Ann Street, is likely to be open for a closer scrutiny of the interior.


Delegates will be able to find other listed buildings as they tour by using Historic England’s new GPS ‘Map Search’ facility for mobile users, which lets anyone find nearby listed buildings and other nationally designated resources.


CPD References

  1. #IHBCBrightonChurches2020 - download the App from the link
  2. Historic England’s Search the List now may be searched using your location on its GPS Map Search facility - just make sure the ‘location’ facility on your mobile phone or tab is switched on.  So as well as using the app, delegates may use the Search facility to find other listed buildings as you tour the churches
  3. Wikipedia Places of Worship in Brighton & Hove
  4. For more touring suggestions see GPS My City and follow the links for other self-guided tours of Brighton and beyond.



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