The Use of Lime Mortars with Traditional Brickwork and Masonry



October 8 2014 • 2.00pm
to 4.30pm


Jayne Ransom 01223 566285


SmartLIFE Low Carbon Centre, Kings Hedges Road CB4 2QT, Cambridge


Non Members: £102.00 (£85.00 + VAT)

CPD Club Members: £56.64 (£47.20 + VAT) Students: £18.00 (£15.00 + VAT)

RIBA / CIAT Members: £70.80 (£59.00 + VAT)


Non Members: £102.00 (£85.00 + VAT)

CPD Club Members: £56.64 (£47.20 + VAT) Students: £18.00 (£15.00 + VAT)

RIBA / CIAT Members: £70.80 (£59.00 + VAT)

Background and context

  • The context and historical perspective of the use of lime mortars and secondary and contemporary sources
  • Summary of lime manufacturer, commercial lime types, identification, natures, uses and site practices

Assessment of the building – materials, methods and construction

  • Identifying historic mortar joints and pointing in brick and masonry, natures of materials and styles of craftsmanship
  • Identifying examples of causes of failures and factors that could affect the survival of traditional brick and masonry work

Sampling, selection of materials, gauging and mixing lime mortars for use with brick and masonry

  • Suggesting lime mortar sampling methodology
  • Selection of materials, gauging and mixing
  • Mixing and usage

Case studies and problems associated with working with contractors

  • Some case studies of the use of lime mortars in brickwork and masonry
  • Tools, equipment and glossary of terms used
  • Some consideration associated with working with lime on site

Speaker: Terrence Lee is a craftsman, tutor and lecturer specialising in the history, use and conservation of traditional brickwork.  Qualified as a City & Guilds Advanced Craft Bricklayer with experience in construction projects around the world as a Royal Engineer, Terrence went on to gain an honours degree in history and later a Master’s Degree in Historic Environment Conservation.   

Terrence delivers training and lecturing for a variety of heritage conservation organisations including Heritage Craft Alliance, Heritage Skills Hub and the Ironbridge Institute.  He has lectured at the Brick Development Association and delivered the RIBA CPD lectures on the Conservation of Old Brickwork in 2013.  Terrence’s training and lecturing is underpinned by his own practical work and by his work with other conservation professionals.

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