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Practical Building Conservation: Concrete

1st Edition

By Historic England


320 pages

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Hardback: 9780754645658
pub: 2013-04-24
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A great deal of research and literature has been produced on repairing concrete structures but very little aimed at conserving the character or appearance of historic examples. This volume offers guidance as to how that should be done. It includes a brief history of the use of the material and explains the criteria for listing before assessing decay mechanisms and determining appropriate repair strategies. A bibliography and case studies are also included.


"This is a publication with a particularly wide scope, and it will be of interest and use to those involved with the conservation of concrete in both structural and non-structural applications. The explanations and illustrations of deterioration mechanisms, the treatment of defects and the impact on appearance are particularly informative." - Deborah Lazarus, Engineering History and Heritage

"[Concrete] is very much worth reading for its passages on concrete’s history, the treatment and repair sections, and the case studies" Marjorie Lynch, PE, PACI, President, Lynch Consulting Engineers, DPC

Table of Contents

The Development and Use of Concrete Deterioration and Damage Assessment Treatment and Repair Case Studies Care and Maintenance Glossary Index

About the Author

The contents reflect the work of the Building Conservation and Research Team, their colleagues at Historic England, and their consultants and researchers, who together have many decades of accumulated experience in dealing with deteriorating building materials and systems of all types. This multi-disciplinary team of architects, surveyors, conservators and scientists are responsible for standard setting and research across a wide range of Historic England activities. The team specialises in dealing with the practical, technical and scientific aspects of building materials decay and their treatment. The aim has been to provide practical advice by advocating a common approach of firstly understanding the material or building element and why it is deteriorating, and then dealing with the causes. The books concentrate on those aspects which are significant in conservation terms, and reflect the requests for information received by Historic England.

About the Series

Practical Building Conservation

Practical Building Conservation

The Practical Building Conservation series, first published in 1988 in five volumes, has been revised and expanded. The ten new volumes provide a comprehensive and practical reference for professionals involved in repairing historic buildings.
Practical Building Conservation - English Heritage Technical Handbooks by John and Nicola Ashurst, became essential reference works for those whose work involved the repair of historic buildings. Prior to 1 April 2015 Historic England was known as English Heritage and although some of the volumes refer to English Heritage they represent Historic England’s current advice and guidance.
The new ten-volume series looks at the conservation of buildings, materials and systems.
It builds on the research and field experience of Historic England, and is aimed at those who work on or look after historic buildings: primarily architects, surveyors, engineers, conservators, contractors and conservation officers, but also owners, curators, students and researchers. The ten volume series includes:

  • Building Environment
  • Concrete
  • Conservation Basics
  • Earth, Brick and Terracotta
  • Glass and Glazing
  • Metals
  • Mortars, Renders and Plasters
  • Roofing
  • Stone
  • Timber.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection