Powys Built Heritage
Powys Built Heritage

Building Conservation Fair

As part of the THI a Building Conservation Fair was held over two days in August 2007 as part of the annual Victorian Festival held in the town. The aim of the fair was to raise awareness of the need to maintain our built heritage and how best to restore/renovate our architectural assets.

Many traditional materials and techniques used to restore and conserve older properties were on view and specialist crafts people were on hand to offer advice and to demonstrate traditional craft skills. Information ranging from traditional joinery methods, the use of lime plaster, stonework, sash windows to stained glass and cast & wrought ironwork was available at the fair. The Fair was joined by such organisations such as Cadw, The Victorian Society, Ty Mawr Lime, Ventrolla and The National Training Heritage Group to name but a few.

Traditional Building skills Training Courses

A number of 1 day courses were held during July 2008. A programme was developed by Powys County Council, Construction Skills Wales and the National Heritage Training Group as part of the Llandrindod Wells Townscape Heritage Initiative.

The purpose of the programme was to help to improve the knowledge, understanding and practical application of traditional building methods and material for a wide range of people involved in the conservation, repair and maintenance of pre-1919 heritage buildings.

Participation in the training was free of charge and the costs were covered by funding from the Heritage Lottery, Powys County Council and the Welsh Assembly Government under the European Objective 2 as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Day 1 - Lead Work

Day 1 was a course delivered by Nigel Johnson of the Lead Sheet Association, giving an overview of approaches to lead roofing and flashings. A lecture followed by a hands on session in the afternoon covered such topics as types & manufacture of lead, common causes of failure, good lead work practice, fixings, patination oil and the importance of historic lead.

Days 2 & 3 -Principles of Conservation & The Use of Lime Mortars

Days 2 & 3 saw Cliff Blundell, Lime Company West Wales give a talk on the ‘approach to Conservation, Repair, Maintenance and Restoration’ followed by practical module delivered by Nigel Gervis and staff from Ty Mawr Ltd looking at the application and tending of lime mortars.

Day 4 - Brick & Terracotta Repairs

An overview of the production, history and repair of Terracotta and brickwork, was delivered by Dr Gerard Lynch and the Ironbridge Gorge museum. An enlightening lecture was presented in the morning giving and overview of the production and history of brick and terracotta, mechanisims of deterioration and methods of repair. A guided tour was then given around the town looking at the use of brick and terracotta on many of the properties in Llandrindod with their fine examples of both brick and terracotta detailing. This was then followed by a hands on session covering mortars and pointing in which Dr Lynch gave a superb demonstration of tuck pointing.

Day 5 - Timber Repairs

Stephen Steele, SPAB Fellow provided a day on the approach to and methods of repair of Sash Windows and timber architectural detail. An overview covering the extent of replacement, cutting out of defective timbers, importance of matching timbers and spliced repairs was given, followed by a hands on session.

Case Study ...

Alpine House, Temple Street

Alpine House before and after restoration
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