Gorebridge CARS free Heritage Skills Training

eritage SkillsThe project aims to conserve and enhance the historic core of Gorebridge, focussing on the Main Street within Gorebridge Conservation Area. There is one priority project, the repair and restoration of Newbyres Hall and many of the historic buildings in the Main Street are eligible for small grants to assist with their repair.

 

The Gorebridge CARS has a number of aims including:

 To preserve and enhance the character of Gorebridge Conservation Area

 To repair and restore historic buildings

 To reinstate architectural detail

 To improve the public realm

 To involve the local community and improve knowledge about the historic environment of the area.

 

In order to help achieve these aims there will be the opportunity for building contractors, building professionals, apprentices, trainees and home owners to learn more about traditional construction methods and techniques. Education initiatives are planned including seminars, workshops on building maintenance and traditional building skills.

 

Local schools will be given the opportunity to be involved and a special schools heritage skill awareness course will be held.

 

The scheme is funded and supported by Historic Environment Scotland, Midlothian Council and Gorebridge Community Development Trust.

 

Please contact Rod Lugg, the Gorebridge CARS Project Manager (r.lugg@dalkeiththi.co.uk) if you are interested in attending any of the courses.

 

Heritage Skills Course Dates

Course Activity Dates for Spring 2016

Making and using mortars (3 days) 10th, 11th, 12th May 2016

 

Traditional masonry repair (3 days) 24th, 25th, 26th May 2016

 

Surface repair of stone (2 days) 31st May, 1st June 2016

 

Ashlar pointing (1 day) 2nd June 2016

 

External finishes, harling (2 days) 17th, 18th May 2016

 

Limewash and traditional paint (1 day) 19th May 2016

 

Project on site in Gorebridge.

 

Activity Dates

On site mentoring (3 days) 7th, 8th, 9th June 2016

 

Schools Heritage Awareness Course

Activity Dates

5 week heritage skills course 1 day a week for 5 weeks, 11th, 18th, 25th May, 1st, 8th June.

 

The above workshops will be delivered at Edinburgh College, West Shore Road, Edinburgh.

 

The onsite training will be delivered in Gorebridge.

 

Schoolchildren’s Heritage Skills Awareness

This course has been development to give school children a taster of heritage skills and runs one day a week for five weeks.

 

Week 1

  • Candidates practice using video clip on each other.
  • Demonstration of making Plastering moulds.
  • Candidates will work in teams on practical tasks.

 

Week 2

  • Demonstration of practical activity in decorative fantasy finishes.
  • Candidates to complete Decorative Graining and Marbling task model.

 

Week 3

  • Tour visit of St Marys Stone Masonry Candidates try hands-on Conservation of masonry skills.

 

Week 4

  • Edinburgh Castle Tour visiting stonemasonry maintenance workshops.

 

Week 5

  • Open forum – question answer.
  • Video clip showing of daily diary of project.
  • Midlothian Council Chamber for presentation of certificates.

 

Making and Using Mortars

Duration: 3 day

Maximum Number of Candidates: 10

 

Who should Attend: This course is designed for those involved in construction and looking to develop traditional construction heritage skills.

 

Course Content:

A 3 day course/activity which through practical activities aims to provide a sound understanding of the correct mix proportions and mixing techniques to use traditional lime mortars successfully.

 

By the end of the course/activity the candidate will be familiar with the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of working with lime mortars and gain an understanding of the varied types of pointing and lime surface finishes.

 

Additional information:

On successful completion of the course the participant will receive a College and CARS certificate in making use of mortars. This module develops skills and underpinning knowledge that will act as a foundation for a National Progression Award (NPA) certificate.

 

Traditional Masonry Repair

Duration: 3 day

Maximum Number of Candidates: 10

 

Who should Attend: This course is designed for those involved in construction and looking to develop traditional construction heritage skills.

 

Course Content:

A 3 day course/activity which builds on the knowledge and skills gained on ‘Making and Using Mortars’. The course/activity aims to enable the candidate to complete seamless rebuilding and repair of traditional masonry to match original work like for like.

 

By the end of the course/activity the candidate will be confident in using a variety of mortar mixes as well as ashlar to rubble walling, finishes including harling techniques and sacrificial coatings.

 

Additional information:

On successful completion of the course the participant will receive a College and CARS certificate in traditional masonry repair. This module develops skills and underpinning knowledge that will act as a foundation for a National Progression Award (NPA) certificate.

 

Surface Repair of Stone

Duration: 2 days

Maximum Number of Candidates: 10

 

Who should Attend: This course is designed for those involved in construction and looking to develop traditional construction heritage skills.

 

Course Content:

This 2 day course/activity is an introduction to the conservation principles, techniques and materials used for the surface repair of degraded stone with Lime Mortar materials.

 

A short classroom based introduction will discuss health and safety, conservation ethics and the structural implications of lime mortar repair. Practical workshops will introduce candidates to the range of materials available, tools and techniques for their application.

 

The sessions will include assessment of the suitability of decayed stone for repair, preparation of decayed surfaces, including fixing support armatures and the application of a range of materials both modern and traditional. Suitable surface finishes possible for each material will be applied.

 

Additional information:

On successful completion of the course the participant will receive a College and CARS certificate in ashlar pointing. This module develops skills and underpinning knowledge that will act as a foundation for a National Progression Award (NPA) certificate.

 

Ashlar Pointing

Duration: 1 day

Maximum Number of Candidates: 10

 

Who should Attend: This course is designed for those involved in construction and looking to develop traditional construction heritage skills.

 

Course Content:

This 1 day course/activity will discuss the conservation approach to re-pointing ashlar walls including discussion of suitable materials and their advantages. The day will provide candidates with an introduction to health and safety and the principle reasons for re-pointing and the techniques used. Candidates will prepare and use traditional lime mortar mixes for pointing work.

 

Tools for raking out, applying pointing mortar and for a range of finishing styles will be used during the day. Protection systems and the correct curing of lime mortar will be discussed.

 

Additional information:

On successful completion of the course the participant will receive a College and CARS certificate in surface repair of stone. This module develops skills and underpinning knowledge that will act as a foundation for a National Progression Award (NPA) certificate.

 

External Finishes: Harling

Duration: 2 days

Maximum Number of Candidates: 10

 

Who should Attend: This course is designed for those involved in construction and looking to develop traditional construction heritage skills.

 

Course Content:

Wet Dash or Harling is the most common applied surface finish in Scotland. This 2 day course/activity will begin with an introduction to traditional Lime Harling and its great benefits for stone masonry buildings.

 

After a health and safety induction the day will proceed with practical workshops for the preparation of suitable backgrounds, mixing lime mortars for harling using a variety of lime binders and sands and then applying them by hand.

 

Candidates will understand the principles and will be able to select the correct tools to apply a small panel of harling by the end of the day.

 

Protection and curing systems will be demonstrated

 

Additional information:

On successful completion of the course the participant will receive a College and CARS certificate in external finishes—harling. This module develops skills and underpinning knowledge that will act as a foundation for a National Progression Award (NPA) certificate.

 

Limewash and Traditional Paint

Duration: 1 day

Maximum Number of Candidates: 10

 

Who should Attend: This course is designed for those involved in construction and looking to develop traditional construction heritage skills.

 

Course Content:

A 1 day course/activity which will give candidates a basic knowledge of Lime wash and Lime Paints. Candidates will have the opportunity to apply various lime paints and lime washes to external surfaces and discuss the history of traditional paints and lime washes as well as the benefits they bring to the health of the building and the environment.

 

Additional information:

On successful completion of the course the participant will receive a College and CARS certificate in limewash and traditional paint. This module develops skills and underpinning knowledge that will act as a foundation for a National Progression Award (NPA) certificate.

John McKinney
fss-ltd@btconnect.com

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