Building (Technical) Issues in Adaptation Work (Introduction)

A course to assist professionals from non-technical backgrounds (such as OTs, EHOs and HIA case workers) to better understand building and technical issues relating to housing adaptation work.



This course is for occupational therapists, EHOs, Home Improvement Agencies and other non-construction professionals/agencies working in the field of housing adaptations. It aims to increase delegate understanding of methods of housing construction and to address technical issues frequently raised by those from non-technical backgrounds, such as:

How far can you move toilets when adapting bathrooms? Can you ramp over manholes and air-bricks? Can load-bearing walls be removed to create accessible facilities on the ground floor? Which types of showers are appropriate for which types of floor construction? If a threshold step is removed, will it affect the damp proof course? ….and much more!

On completion of the course, delegates should:

  • be familiar with a wide range of building terminology
  • understand technical and structural issues pertaining to common adaptations such as threshold removal, ramp installation, creation of hard standings, shower installations, widening of doorways and so on
  • have an overview of essential planning criteria and building regulations, such as ‘right to light’, how far you are permitted to extend out from a property, adaptations to listed buildings etc
  • understand issues relating to fire safety / means of escape within residential schemes
  • have explored ways (via case studies, drawings and discussion) in which to resolve or circumvent technical problems in order to optimise schemes


£175, plus VAT (£210)

Scroll to bottom of page for list of discounts.

Course Times
10.00 – 16.45 (training room open from 09.30 onwards).

National Union of Teachers, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD.

There is no parking on site.

NCP car parks nearby are:
Judd Street:
Brunswick Square:

Nearest tube/train stations to venue:
London Euston (approx 500m)
London Kings’ Cross (approx 400m)
London St Pancras International (approx 600m)

Teas/coffees served on arrival and mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Lunches are not provided but can be purchased from the many shops and cafes nearby.

Course Materials
Included in the fee and provided on the day of training.

Book 2 spaces - £30 discount
Book 3 spaces - £40 discount 
Book 4 spaces - £70 discount 
Book 5-6 spaces - £130 discount 
Book 7-9 spaces - £180 discount 
Book 10+ spaces - £220 discount

Discounts are applied automatically at check out.



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