Stone considers the wide variety of historical uses, from simple masonry walling through to elaborate carving and decoration. The book considers why stone decays or fails and how to assess and understand the causes, before concentrating on the practical methods of treatment, repair and maintenance.
[The Practical Building Conservation volumes] offer considerable information and advice on many aspects of conservation. Great emphasis is placed in all the volumes on making the reader familiar with the material in question, giving them as much information and direction as possible to allow them to understand what they are dealing with. Gives a comprehensive - hands on - approach; solutions are found, methods described and practical tips freely given… should be kept on the bookshelf within reach of most practising professionals in the field. - Jane Jones-Warner RIBA SCA AABC IHBC, Member RIBA Conservation Group
'This book belongs in the tool-kit of every specialist and general building contractor, of every trainer and educator and certainly of architects and surveyors. Amply populated by purposeful photographs and with illustrated diagnostic tables for easy reference, this book represents a coherent and eminently useable summary declaration not only of current thinking, but of longer-term intent.' Cornerstone
'My overriding impression of this series is that it is comprehensive, well set out and easy to follow, and it should be of interest both to all involved in the repair and maintenance of historic buildings, and to the casual reader. Each volume stands alone or as part of a set. This represents a substantial body of work in the field of building conservation that is unlikely to be repeated in the near future. The tables and technical drawings are clear, and some of the photographs included are remarkable. The amount of information within each volume is staggering and must represent the nearest thing to a one-stop-shop for historic building practitioners.' Context
'This work sits well on the shoulders of its predecessor, and like the first edition, should become an essential part of the conservation professional's toolkit and a natural starting point for any research into stone and its conservation.' Architectural Technology Magazine (AT)
'The primary editors for each volume acknowledge the contributions of numerous authors and the series' strength is in the breadth of the conservation community engaged in the project - a twenty-first-century galaxy of highly regarded practitioners and conservators brought together in a single technical series, the books are accessibly organized and elegantly designed. It is easy to navigate around them and, importantly, between them. Links to other volumes in the series are colour-coded in the text so that cross-referral to Stone, for example, from Mortars, which is frequently relevant, provides helpful signposting to the relevant detailed guidance in the companion handbook. The illustrations are enormously valuable and the Timber volume, in particular, includes axonometric drawings of timber structures that beautifully display complex construction. These volumes are in all ways an essential, one-stop resource for conservation practitioners: well-organized, expertly informed, compellingly illustrated, signposting other key resources and (let us not take this for granted) written in lucid English.' The Historic Environment
'It has been researched and compiled with great care and thought for ease of use. I like this book and the quality of the photographs is magnificent. There are many highlights, but one particular section is a masterstroke: Assessing Condition & Causes of Decay consists of 10 glorious pages of photographs and tabular information presenting with deft clarity how to recognise and describe every imaginable type of stone weathering and decay.' Journal of Architectural Conservation
About This Book Using These Books Part 1: Materials and History of Use: Stone Building in England Working and Finishing Stone Architectural Stone Conservation in England Formation and Properties of Stone Part 2: Deterioration and Damage: Causes of Deterioration Inherent Problems Structural Problems Environmental Problems Other Causes of Deterioration Part 3: Assessment: Understanding Buildings and Their Condition Assessing Conditions and Causes of Decay Diagnosis: Determining Conservation Needs Part 4: Treatment and Repair: Project Planning and Development Structural Repair Non-structural Repair Cleaning Desalination Consolidation Repair of Stone Elements Protective Coatings Part 5: Care and Maintenance: Care and maintenance Special Topic: Conservation of Ruins Appendix Glossary Index
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: