In 2019 the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC) reached a significant milestone with its 60th Anniversary. As a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) COTAC was confirmed as being entered on the Register of Charities on 21 July 2015, with the Registered Charity Number: 1162750. COTAC’s 21st century role is no less critical than that of its past and its intentions to address current needs was projected by its 2019-2024 Corporate Plan
New technologies, including aspirations to low carbon retrofit, demanded energy efficiencies and emerging digital innovations such as laser scanning, 3D printing and Building Information Modelling (BIM), can too easily obscure the need for a core understanding of traditional materials and technologies, and how to approach historic structures with a finely-honed set of skills in order to avoid damage to them and their inherent record of history and interventions.
The Corporate Plan was prepared with a view to addressing a potentially significant imbalance occurring between emerging new-build intentions and conservation needs whilst recognising that the intentions had an equally relevant application on the international front, occasioned by its new website cotac.global