Structural Repair of Historic Buildings

Starts: Monday, 18th March 2019 - 9.00am

Ends: Thursday, 21st March 2019 - 4.30pm

Location: West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ

About this event

This course is of special value to those who wish to gain a new perspective in applying engineering principles to the conservation of historic structures. The course will be of value to architects, conservation officers, masons, carpenters and others involved in conservation, as well as to engineers.

The five basic maxims of building conservation are 'conserve as found' and 'minimum intervention', 'like for like repairs', 'repairs should be reversible' and 'repairs should be sympathetic'. These philosophies must be tempered with responsibility for the safety and structural integrity of historic buildings, and for the safety of the users of those buildings. This course will attempt to draw together these two, sometimes seemingly opposing, views of conservation and safety. Various permanent repair methods which might be applied to historic buildings are discussed and there will be debate about the merits of hidden repairs as against more obvious repairs.

The programme covers inspecting, monitoring and repair works ranging from pointing and grouting to tying and underpinning. It covers a wide range of construction materials and remedial methods and includes practical exercises and a visit to a local industrial museum. Use will be made of case studies to illustrate various points, discussion from the floor will be encouraged and there will be opportunity for discussion in small groups to consider specific problems.

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