Building conservation masterclass

Conservation of Historic Concrete with Catherine Croft

Ref: B3D08215


About this course

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. Scope of Training The course includes the development and implementation of a philosophy; manufacture and construction processes; constituent materials and their characteristics; weathering and decay processes related to detailed design and environment; corrosion of reinforcement. Surveying, recording and assessment of condition; suitability of proprietary repair systems; applying traditional repair approaches; assessing cracks, corroding reinforcement and surface spoiling; patch repairs; casting techniques; matching surface finishes; cleaning and other surface treatments; maintenance programmes; the importance of patina. It will also include films and discussions about Park Hill Flats, Sheffield and the extraordinary concrete creation in Mexico, Las Pozas, created by the former owner of West Dean, Edward James, which is a current conservation challenge. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or The Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair (PDD Building Cons) can be achieved through the successful completion of 10 BCMs and the submission of a final 3,000-word portfolio. For more information about the Diploma please contact the Course Organiser, as above.


Catherine Croft

BCM Course Leader

Catherine is Director of the Twentieth Century Society, author of Concrete Architecture and contributor to the English Heritage Practical Building Conservation Manual on Concrete. She has been an English Heritage Historic Buildings Inspector and a Caseworker for the Victorian Society.


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