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Absolutely SPABulous!

07 September 2009

The visit of SPAB, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, to the East Church last week caused some interesting debates amongst experts in the field of building conservation.

Steven Laing leads the debateThe East Church project team was on hand to show them the work that has been done at the church, and to discuss the techniques used.

Roof debateThe group gathered at roof height to debate the relative merits of differents methods of slate fixing - to single or double hole, to bed on mortar or not - and to consider whether a mortar or lead edging at the skews was better.

This could all begin to sound a bit esoteric, but such debate Prime contestants in the building conservation debateon detail is the way in which thinAndrew Doyle discussing plasterwork repair techniquesking on building conservation can evolve, and the prime contestants, all experts in their own right, are people who give a great deal of thought to the subject - and all more than capable of holding their own!Andrew Newcombe describing the work to the old plaster

Inside, project worker Andrew Newcombe, and highly skilled plasterer Andrew Doyle described the painstaking work to repair the old plasterwork. All were impressed by the quality of workmanship.

Listening to the debateSPAB offer both fellowships and scholarships to building professionals and traditional building craft workers, and also have a range of courses and information available to homeowners. Their website is well worth a visit to find out more.

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