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Conservation and repair of brick, terracotta and flint masonry

Dates: 14-17 MAY 2012
Course code: BC3D162
Non-residential fee:

This course provides an understanding of, and basic skills in, the conservation and repair of traditional brick, terracotta and flint masonry. The starting point is an understanding of the nature and characteristics of the materials. A range of brick, terracotta and flint buildings will be studied to illustrate methods of construction, common failures and decay processes. Common problems, including poor practices, will be identified and solutions investigated. Methods of repair, joint treatments and cleaning relevant to brick, including gauged brick, terracotta and flint will be discussed and form part of the practical sessions.

The course aims to establish a firm appreciation of the importance and quality of brick, terracotta and flint as masonry materials and to show how to assess the condition of walls, prepare the repair schedule and specification, and carry out the correct remedial work to a high standard.


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