Building conservation masterclass

Masonry Cleaning with David Odgers

Ref: BC3D221



Building cleaning has developed as an industry over the past forty years. During this period there have been failures and successes as the industry and specifiers have made mistakes and gained by experience. Even today, however, damage and disfigurement due to poor cleaning specification and execution is commonplace. The issue of BS Code of Practice No 8221 on Cleaning and Surface Repair and BRE digests 448 & 449 are important developments in the understanding and control of cleaning practices, but need to be coupled with sound practical instruction. This course provides, over an intensive three-day period, a good understanding of techniques available for cleaning, paint removal and other surface interventions; this will enable sensible and informed specifications to be prepared with realistic costs. During the course participants will see demonstrated and will be shown how to use and apply a wide range of washing, mechanical and chemical cleaning techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring along photos and details of any specific masonry cleaning problems they might have or had, including if possible examples of the stone. 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.


David Odgers

BCM Course Leader

David is Director of Odgers Conservation Consultants who provide support, advice and training for clients, architects, surveyors, local authorities and others involved in the conservation of historic structures.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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