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1st Edition

Survey and Assessment of Traditionally Constructed Brickwork

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ISBN 9780367555832
March 15, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 193 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The principal aim of this book is to improve the survey and assessment of traditionally constructed brickwork. It aims to ensure that those who have a cause to survey and assess buildings constructed of traditional (pre-1919) brickwork have a well-developed, clear methodology for undertaking effective, comprehensive surveys. The book helps readers gain the proper level of knowledge, expertise and skill to understand these buildings correctly; to recognise not just defects within the brickwork itself, but also, crucially, the cause of these defects. Experienced author, Moses Jenkins, presents a clear and concise methodology for the survey of brickwork in existing buildings with coverage including:

  • identifying repair needs
  • understanding the cause of decay within brickwork
  • ascertaining the age and significance of traditionally constructed brickwork
  • and identifying significant technical and decorative features.

Despite the extensive use of traditionally constructed brick worldwide, the knowledge and expertise to survey and assess buildings of this type has not, to date, been laid out in a concise way which focusses specifically on brickwork. This book addresses this deficiency and provides an invaluable resource to all those who survey and assess buildings which are constructed of brickwork. This includes building professionals such as architects, surveyors, engineers and those working in building conservation; but also, construction managers and students studying built environment disciplines.

Table of Contents

1. Survey and Assessment of Traditional Brickwork  2. Traditional Bricks and Mortar  3. Technical Characteristics of Traditional Brickwork  4. Decorative Characteristics of Traditional Brickwork  5. Assessing age and significance  6. Defects and Traditional Brickwork  7. Specialist Investigative Techniques

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Moses Jenkins is a Senior Technical Officer with Historic Environment Scotland and has conducted considerable technical research into bricks and brickwork since 2008. A member of the Chartered Institute of Building, he received his PhD from the University of Dundee in 2016 and has published numerous papers and four previous books on subjects including brickwork, traditional buildings and conservation.


"This is a much-needed book that will be of use to those tasked with the care of our precious stock of pre-1919 brick-built properties by helping them to recognise and better understand the principal causes of decay and failure of bricks, brickwork, terracotta and various traditional mortars utilised in their construction and articulation. Rather than exploring techniques of repair and maintenance, this work deliberately sets out to concentrate on the many inter-connected historical, technical and scientific aspects, studied in a logical and comprehensive manner, specifically intended to provide a more informed and methodical approach to surveying historic brickwork." - Dr Gerard Lynch, Freelance Masonry Specialist, Educator and Author, UK