Making The Garden Museum: The Effect Of Heritage Constraints

12 October 2017

This year’s AGM and Annual Conference of the AABC will be held at The Garden Museum in London.  The museum occupies the former parish church St Mary Lambeth which stands immediately outside the main gate of Lambeth Palace, across the Thames from the Houses of Parliament.  The present church dates from 1850 but was rebuilt on the site of a former church whose origins pre-date the Norman Conquest.  The church is surrounded by an ancient burial ground, the church itself is listed grade II*; three tomb chests in the churchyard are also listed grade II*, the Victorian boundary wall of the churchyard is listed grade II and is lined with mature trees which are all the subject of preservation orders.  Church and churchyard lie within the Lambeth Palace Conservation Area.

Following the formal business of the AGM, there will be a discussion of the constraints imposed by the various site designations on the design for the new HLF-funded museum conversion which involved both building on the churchyard and adapting the interior for museum use.  The discussion will be led by Christopher Woodward, the museum director, Neil Burton, the heritage consultant to the project and Alun Jones of Dow Jones Architects, the architect in charge. Discussion will be followed by an exploration of the building, which re-opened in April 2017.

After lunch at the museum there will be an opportunity to visit the adjoining Lambeth Palace and to see Archbishop Juxon’s magnificent seventeenth century Great Hall.  Lambeth Palace Library is the oldest free public library in England and the Library contains an outstandingly important collection of books and archives.  The librarian will explain the thinking behind the designs for the proposed new library building in the Palace grounds, which have been prepared by the architects Wright & Wright.

We are limited on numbers, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to book a place, please find out more here…

Modern Slavery & Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium 2017

18 October 2017

Following on the highly successful inaugural Modern Slavery & Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium in November 2016, the second annual symposium will take place on Anti-Slavery Day, 18 October, 2017, in the Telford Theatre and Great Hall at the esteemed One Great George Street, Westminster, Central London, SW1P 3AA.

This construction industry leading, high profile event will take a cross supply chain approach to demonstrate, through case study speaker interventions from professional institutions, membership associations, organisations and companies, how they are driving best practice to meet compliance requirements and electing to go beyond the legislative minimum to mitigate their risks, demonstrate robust and responsible governance, provide professional guidance, enhance their reputations, improve efficiencies, and create competitive advantage. 

The Modern Slavery and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium is being delivered by BRE, a UK-headquartered world leading built environment research & science centre, and strategic communications business Sustain Worldwide, to demonstrate construction sector supply chain leadership. The symposium and 2017 programme of activities will significantly contribute to our industry to ensure we are ready to meet the social and economic challenges wrought by indentured and forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.

Find out more here…

Masonry Building Conservation- Principles and Techniques P2-Professional Level 2

25 – 27 September 2017
Charlestown Workshops, Fife

This 3 day workshop is aimed at building professionals who have completed ‘P1 Traditional Masonry Repair’ and provides confidence in the repair principles, materials and techniques for traditional masonry buildings, covering mortar manufacture, practical repair methods and techniques, and aftercare of lime based materials through a programme of classroom and practical activities.

The course provides sufficient underpinning and practical knowledge of materials to enable effective development of specifications, supervision and snagging of the conservation works including repointing, stone indents, surface repair of stone, grouting, renders and harls and limewash.

Course Suitability

Attendees must have completed ‘P1 Introduction to Masonry Repairs in Traditional Buildings’

This course follows on from ‘P1 Introduction to Masonry Repairs in Traditional Buildings’ and is aimed at those who work with, own or are responsible for traditional buildings. Suitable for building and heritage professionals such as architects, surveyors or planners the course would also be of interest to homeowners, those responsible for maintenance works to buildings such as churches or those considering a renovation or conversion project.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of building conservation philosophy and best practice;
  • Development of repair strategies including consideration of their cost effectiveness;
  • Understanding traditional mortars, how to specify and replicate them;
  • Understanding advanced mortar manufacture;
  • Ability to understand considerations in relation to matching and specifying natural stone replacements;
  • Understanding of conditions where specification of surface repair of stone is suitable.

Course Programme

Day 1 – Conservation Principles, Advanced Lime Technology and Science

  • Health & Safety;
  • Condition survey and recording of masonry;
  • Setting characteristics, pore structure and permeability issues of mortars;
  • Materials for repairs including sampling and analysis of mortars;
  • Gauged mixes, ‘hot’ lime mixes and gauged ‘hot’ lime mixes;
  • Specification and manufacture assessment process.

Day 2 – Principles and Techniques for Masonry Conservation

  • Obtrusive tile/stone repairs and stitching techniques;
  • Surface repairs to ashlar and profiled stone;
  • Renders & Harls – Suction bonds, designing mortars and application of base coats;
  • Repointing ashlar masonry•Second coats for mortar repairs;
  • Natural stone replacement including full and partial indents;
  • Manufacture of grouts and methods of grouting.

Day 3 – Principles and Techniques for Masonry Conservation

  • Advanced surface repairs of stone including final coat mortars and replicating tooled surfaces;
  • Materials for consolidating delaminating stone;
  • Render & Harls – application of finish coats;
  • Lime wash and paint finishes.

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

Scottish Architectural Ironwork

29 September 2017
Engine Shed

he day will cover early ironwork in Scotland, the Carron Iron Co, the Lion Foundry of Kirkintilloch and other important firms.

The team currently restoring The Val d’Osne Ross Fountain in Edinburgh will talk about the project and their previous project of the award winning Paisley Fountain of George Smith and Co. Hear about the iron bandstand tradition and overseas influence of Scottish ironwork and ironworkers and peruse important archives and materials related to Scottish ironwork.

There is a stellar line up of experts on the field including Paul Rabbits, Prof David Mitchell, Ali Davey of Historic Environment Scotland, Dominic Liptrot of Lost Art Ltd, Lucia Juarez, Janice Miller from East Dunbartonshire Archives. A full programme is available online.

Further details here…

Lime and Conservation Brickwork

4 – 6 October 2017
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire 

This practical course will give students the opportunity to learn the correct repair of historic brickwork and use of lime mortar.

We are very privileged to be hosting the course at the magnificent Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, which is home to the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury. It will take place in the wonderful setting of the 17th century kitchen garden, which boasts 4m high red-brick walls and an 18th century gothic-style tower located deep in historic parkland.

The course is aimed at working bricklayers or those who would like to increase their knowledge in conservation brickwork.

Our tutor is one of the highest qualified bricklayers in the UK whose experience includes work on many of the royal palaces including Hampton Court.

More information or book online