Date: 15 July 2016
When: 1000 – 1630
Where: Woodchester Mansion
Cost: £120.00 plus VAT (£144.00) to include seminar proceedings, all refreshments, lunch and comprehensive delegate pack
The day’s course will consider in depth three aspects of building conservation.
The venue has been carefully chosen as it represents a fine example of 19th century stonework. This country house is unique in being able to be viewed in its unfinished state with all its constructional details observable. The house is in an 18th century landscaped parkland and construction work started in 1858 for the owner William Leigh. The initial designs were drawn up by Augustus Pugin but a local young aspiring architect Benjamin Bucknall took over for the final detailed designs and construction. The house is a fine example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture. William Leigh died in 1873 and all work stopped with a completed shell and only a small part of the interior fitted out. His successors abandoned the project as it was too expensive to complete or demolish and replace with a new building. During the 20th century the finished parts of the house were used but it was mainly abandoned to the elements and was then purchased by Stroud District Council and leased to the Woodchester Mansion Trust in 1992. The house is now open to the public and is also used for training courses in stone conservation and craftsmanship and there is a continuing long term programme of repair.
Kevin Stubbs is a Historic Buildings Consultant and comes with a background of education, archaeology and building conservation. He was Director of Archaeology for the Test Valley in Hampshire and later moved to Hampshire County Council to join the Historic Buildings Bureau, where he became the Principal Buildings Conservation Officer for the County. For eleven years he acted as the Director of a Conservation Centre and now runs his own Historic Building Consultancy and Training Company.
He advises on the repair and maintenance of all historic structures and provides training at all levels for the building conservation industry. This includes the development of historic building technology, traditional materials and hands-on craft training. Work for Local Government Authorities includes Conservation Area appraisals, historic building condition surveys and feasibility studies. He has provided training exercises with local communities to raise awareness of their village plans and local heritage interpretation documents and he has provided Traditional Skills Awareness Courses for a number of bodies.
He undertakes the Historic Analysis of buildings and produces: Statements of Significance; Method Statements; Impact Assessments and Specifications for the repair and conservation of traditional buildings.
He lectures for various CPD providers, Universities and national building conservation organizations including SPAB, RICS and the Weald and Downland Museum. Topics include: Bricks and Mortar; Lime, Plasters and Renders; Cob and Earth, Timber Frame and Stone Structures and Traditional Roofing.
The History and Architectural Development of Stone Structures