Examine the traditions of concrete construction in Scotland and the practical conservation issues raised by this little appreciated – but historically important – building material.
Learn about the use of cement, gypsum and lime concrete over the past 200 years, and about the particular problems of decay or failure – and repair and conservation methods – associated with each material. The practical challenges of repairing and conserving historic concrete structures are studied in depth, with the focus on how to spot the root causes of deterioration.
This module follows the development and use of cement concrete since the late 18th century, including its use in building lighthouses, viaducts, houses and office blocks across Scotland. A detailed look is taken at the manufacture of the common forms of concrete and at how traditional building techniques were developed to make use of the many advantages of this new material.
You will study appropriate methods to survey historic concrete structures, and to diagnose both defects and the urgency and practicality of repairs or treatment. Then learn how to devise a correct specification for a repair system using appropriate and sustainable materials and experienced contractors.