Everyone appreciates old buildings. Over 350,000 buildings in the UK are currently listed by Historic England as worthy of preservation. Apart from the architecture, engineers and scientists appreciate the way these buildings have been put together and how they have survived both in terms of the structure and the materials that go to make them up. Mostly, however, survival does not occur without intervention and time inevitably takes its toll. Water, which is essential to life tends to be the enemy of the built environment and apparent longevity is no guarantee for continued performance into the future.
This seminar aims to explore what causes historic buildings to deteriorate by looking at the individual structurally significant materials, timber, masonry, concrete and ferrous materials, including cast iron, wrought iron and steel. It will also address what can and/or should be done to protect or remediate this important structural heritage.
This event will be of interest to materials scientists, structural engineers, architects and building owners at all stages in their careers.
14/15 Belgrave Square
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