Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Intervention

BLF: Hot Mixed Mortars and Case Study Day

16 June 2017
Grasmere, Cumbria

Phil Braithwaite of UK Restoration Services invites you to a site visit and social at St Oswald’s Church, Grasmere in Cumbria. St Oswald’s, Grasmere, is a Grade 1 listed building and the project is to remove all the cement-based render from the church tower and re-render with a hot-mix lime render. The project will be one of the largest hot lime render jobs recently undertaken in the UK. The day will consist of a ‘hard hat’ tour of the scaffolding to the roof of the tower, talks in the church hall and demonstrations in the site compound. Contributors will include project architects Crosby Granger Architects. Lunch will be provided by UK Restoration Services; contributions into a (hard) hat will be requested. If you would like to attend, please email stating you would like to attend and any dietary requirements.

The days programme is as follows:

9:00 – Arrival (Tea and Coffee available)
9.15 – Introduction by UK Restoration (Welfare, Site Safety etc.)
9.30 – Crosby Granger Architects – background and Overview to the project at St. Oswald’s
10.00 – UK Restoration – the works so far at St. Oswald’s and other recent projects.
10.30 – Tea / Coffee Break
11:00 – David Wiggins – Hot Mixed Mortars and their functional characteristics in regards to render.
11:30 – Cumbrian Clock Company
12:00 – Burlington Slate
12:30 – Lunch Break
13:30 – Attendees split into three groups for 30 minute sessions – Site Tour / HMM Demonstrations / Church History and Tour (By Richard Beskeen)
15:00 – 15:30 – Afternoon Tea
15:30 – Guest Speaker – Elaine Blackett-Ord
16.00 – Guest Speaker – Alan Gardner
16:30 – Close of day

To attend: Email

Cost: This event is free including a free lunch, but a request of £20 per attendee donation to the churches fabric fund is requested.

Sash and Case Window Repairs

19 August 2017
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

Don’t rip out your sash and case windows, did you know that in most cases you can undertake simple repairs and retain these period features?

This practical course will prove invaluable if you have a property with Sash and Case Windows. We will cover a short history of the development of windows before looking at the different components that make up a window and the issues to consider when approaching repairs.The course will allow attendees to identify and address various problems that commonly occur with sash windows. Topics covered will include window dismantling and reassembly, replacing ropes, weights, panes and putty. Various repair and improvement techniques will also be covered.

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Conservation of Historic Concrete

12 – 15 June 2017
West Dean College

This course is intended for architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors and conservators working with architecturally or historically significant structural or decorative concrete.

It has been prepared in response to the increasing number of concrete buildings, both pre-cast and in-situ structures, which are now recognised as historically significant and are being listed.

The course discusses how to develop and implement a conservation and repair strategy for concrete buildings and includes constituent materials and construction processes and consideration of weathering and decay processes. It will consider how to address both design deficiencies and changing performance requirements and will cover testing methods.

Lectures, practical demonstrations and practical exercises will be complemented by films and discussions.

Find out more here.

Canal Heritage and History

24 May 2017

This event seeks to enrich the understanding of our canal heritage and their ongoing restoration and maintenance.
The Canal & River Trust is responsible for the care, restoration and maintenance of 2,663 listed buildings and 50 scheduled monuments over 2000 miles of waterways throughout Britain.
The Dudley Canal Trust was created in 1970 to protect and preserve the tunnels after they were closed by Government in 1962. Local people who were faced with the loss of a unique nationally important site re-opened the tunnel and fought to restore it to working order.

Please refer to this link for further information.

Traditional Craft Skills Day

24 May 2017

Join us for a day of fascinating practical demonstrations – and have a go yourself!

Find out about the specialist conservation skills and repair techniques used to maintain the 350 churches cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust.

Practical demonstrations will focus on the repair techniques and traditional skills required to maintain St Andrew’s Wroxeter and the rest our incredible estate. Skilled craftspeople will be on hand to explain and demonstrate their craft, and to highlight the importance of their particular skill in the on-going maintenance and repair of our historic churches.

The day is open to all who are interested in the practical skills involved in conservation. There will be the opportunity to have a go yourself, so come prepared to get your hands dirty! Subject areas that will be covered include:

  • Stained and leaded glass repair with conservator Elizabeth Hippisley-Cox.
  • Lime cycle, including slaking and application, with Nigel Copsey of Earth Stone & Lime Company and Associates.
  • Historic building conservation with consultant Tim Ratcliffe.
  • Timber framed construction with Simon Harper of the Shropshire Oak Carpentry Company.
  • Church maintenance with Jamie McNamara, Estate Officer at The Churches Conservation Trust.

The skills demonstration day will run from 10.30am until 4.00pm, and you are welcome to stay all day or to drop in between those times. The day is free to attend, but booking is essential. To reserve your place, contact Jessica Robertson on or 0113 244 1689. Tea and coffee will be provided, but we ask that you bring your own packed lunch.

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