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Practical Building Conservation: Conservation Basics

1st Edition

By Historic England


396 pages

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Hardback: 9780754645511
pub: 2013-04-24

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Conservation Basics examines the evolving theories and principles that underpin building conservation in England in the 21st century, and looks at their application in practice. The process of conservation planning for the maintenance and repair of historic buildings and places is described in detail, and is illustrated through case studies. Topics include understanding and assessment, surveys and recording, ecological considerations, planning and managing maintenance and repair programmes, risk management, specifying works, and contract procurement.


'Students of conservation, trustees and custodians of heritage assets and any practice for whom architectural conservation is a cornerstone of their business, with an interest in maintaining high standards, and a commitment to developing new talent should have a copy of this book on their shelves.' Architectural Technology

'Conservation Basics presents a very good introduction to the integrated approach required for the successful management of historic environments and the heritage assets situated within them by using appropriate maintenance and repair strategies. Each section is presented in a succinct, crisp, easy-to-read style, profusely illustrated with drawings, photographs and diagrams, (it) should be essential reading for all architectural, engineering and surveying students and practitioners who aspire to work on historic building fabric. Likewise, both contractors and specialists who tender for work on older buildings and property managers with historic assets in their portfolios will find this book worthy of their attention'. Journal of Architectural Conservation

'Conservation Basics like its sister volumes, is well-presented. It is a substantial hardback publication of 382 pages with each chapter preceded by a helpful precis. For ease of use, links to other volumes in the series are indicated by a system of symbols. There is generous use of high quality illustrations. This invaluable book is recommended for anyone serious about protecting our historic built environment.' SPAB

Table of Contents

The Evolving Concept of Building Conservation Current Law, Policy and Guidance Survey and Investigation Methods Ecological Considerations Managing Maintenance and Repair Emergency Planning for Heritage Buildings and Collections Appendices Glossary Bibliography 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