Hot lime Day at DCCA

March 16, 2017

Following on from last year’s very well received ‘hot-mixed’ lime mortar day, and due to high demand, a repeat event took place at Weymouth College Stonemasonry and Conservation department at Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Poundbury on Friday 16th March 2017.

These meetings continue to generate considerable interest in the use of quick lime on site and its increasing use in specifications. Although the subject is complex and extensive, a day of discussion and sharing of knowledge can only be of benefit. With this in mind over 35 architects, surveyors, architectural technologists, conservation officers, conservators, stone masons and other practitioners were invited to attend this industry CPD day with an opportunity to learn and share knowledge.

For the event Alison Henry (Senior Conservator in the Building Conservation and Research Team, Historic England), Nigel Copsey (the Earth, Stone and Lime Company) and Nick Durnan (conservator and consultant) gave talks on historic lime and hot-mixed lime mortars and the latest research in Natural Hydraulic Limes.

After the presentations there was a lively Q & A discussion with Alison, Nigel and Nick, followed by practical demonstrations of hot-mixed lime mortars and hands on activities in our purpose-built covered work area.

Lunchtime gave opportunity for networking, and introduction to some of the new CPD and short courses available at the centre.

This is the first of a series of industry events, organised and supported by the Masonry team at Poundbury. It was a fantastic day, and the feedback was very very complimentary.

Many thanks to Philip Scorer, Alex Evans, lee Saunders, Peter Loizou and Dave Good for all their hard work to make the day such a success.