Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Intervention

Building skills for Old buildings weekend course

10-11 November 2017

This NHTG two day course will be held in a built heritage crafts workshop in Bristol with live demonstrations and talks. There will be demonstrations in the workshop of lime mortar rendering, decorative plaster moulding, heavy post and beam construction, cruciform Jacobean window construction and more.There will be examples of timber frame models and complex roofing styles including octagonal and hexagonal spires. There will also be displays of stone and brick walling and stone carving. There will be opportunities for delegates to have a go at some of the crafts. Full Programme coming soon.

This event is open to anyone with an interest in built heritage: contractors, homeowners, craftspeople and students.

To book a place please contact Sophie Keegan on 01246 252 363 (please leave a message) or email

Winter Working with Lime

19 October 2017
Charlestown Workshops, Fife

Time: 09.30 – 12.00

Join us for the ultimate guide to winter working with lime! Our hints, tips and practical advice will help you extend your season working with lime mortars successfully. The reality is that contracting is a 365 days a year business and you don’t have the luxury of picking your weather windows.

This seminar is aimed at anyone who works with traditional buildings or structures. The half day will consist of a mixture of lecture and practical demonstrations.
Topics include:

  • Background to the risk elements of winter working in inclement weather;
  • Creating a sensible regime for work;
  • Best site practices;
  • How temperature influences the performance of mortars;
  • The importance of detailing on a building;
  • Using additives in mortars;
  • How to achieve the successful curing of mortars;
  • Options for protecting and covering work from the elements.

 To book a place on this seminar, please visit our website, email or call on 01383 872722.

1 Day Rendering & Harling with Lime

20 October 2017
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

This course will enable you to apply a variety of lime render finishes to a wide range of backgrounds including matching to existing finishes

The practical element of this course will cover a range of backgrounds and include undertaking small ‘patch’ repairs to existing finishes. Both hand cast and mechanical applications will be demonstrated and attendees will gain an understanding of a range of surface finishes that can be achieved.

Course Suitability

This course is aimed at those working within the construction industry who have had practical building experience and trowel skills. We are always happy to help learners choose the right course. Please contact us if you would like to discuss which course is suitable for you or your employees.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to evaluate substrates and create repair strategies;
  • Determine binder types and mix ratios;
  • Ability to sequence works for application of external lime finishes;
  • Ability to execute the application of external lime finishes successfully.

Course Programme

  • Determine background type, suction characteristics and appropriate preparation requirements;
  • Develop a strategy for application requirements taking into account the building details, location, exposure and environment;
  • Scheduling work – season of working, choosing appropriate access and application method, scaffolding and protection regime;
  • Determine application techniques by hand or mechanically, coat thickness, ensuring successful bonds between coats and ensuring flat work;
  • Explore different types of surface finishes including flattened, textured and lined out finishes;
  • Diagnosing defective work and taking remedial action.

To book a place on this course, please click here, email or call on 01383 872722.

Structural Repair of Historic Buildings Masterclass

23 February 2018
Charlestown Workshops, Fife

The aim of this Masterclass is to provide professionals with a sound understanding of the philosophy of conservation and a better understanding of the relationship between structural engineering and conservation, of safety issues and of the aesthetics of conservation based structural repairs.

Led by Ian Hume, this is suitable for anyone involved in the structural repair of historic buildings, conservation officers, architects, engineers, site managers and others would find this seminar helpful. The course will consist of lectures, case studies and group activities.

It will examine the philosophy of conservation from a structural engineering point of view and will look at some structural repair methods for masonry, metal and timber.  The course is copiously illustrated with case studies of work carried out by Ian Hume over the last 40 years whilst working for English Heritage as its Head Of Conservation Engineering and in private practice.

Ian Hume has had many years of experience in dealing with the structural problems related to historic buildings. In 1975 he joined what eventually became English Heritage and served as Chief Engineer to that organisation from 1987 until 1997 when he took early retirement to become consultant conservation engineer. Ian has been teaching the structural aspects of the repair of historic buildings and structures for some 20 years at various universities on their postgraduate conservation courses.

To book a place on any of this masterclass, please click here, or call us on 01383 872722.

CPD Lecture: Investigating and Remedying Dampness and Timber Decay in Historic Buildings

10 November 2017
Cressing Temple Barns 

David Watt from Hutton + Rostron Environmental Investigations returns to deliver a training session on dampness and decay.  The lecture will examine the problems of dampness and timber decay in historic and traditionally-constructed buildings, including: causes of dampness, the identification of moisture sources, measurement and monitoring of dampness, condensation and mould, timber structure, fungal infection and beetle infestation, weathering and human action. The lecture will also cover different approaches to remedial action and will be illustrated with case studies from David’s practice.

 More information or book online