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Save the Date: 6-8 September: 2024 BLF Conference and Gathering

The 2024 Building Limes Forum is pleased to announce that the 2024 BLF Conference and Gathering will be held the 6-8th of September 2024 at the University of Brighton Falmer Campus. University accommodation will be available and bookings will be released in the May newsletter. This year’s conference will focus on the following themes: lime […]

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Member Spotlight: Neil Hewitt Building Surveyor

Neil Hewitt Building Surveyor, Chartered Building Engineer C Build E MCABE AssocRICS, MCIEH, DipHi, DipDEA, DipGDA, BSc (Hons), RPSA Member, talks about his profession and why he has joined the BLF. Tell us more about your business. I work as a surveyor in Suffolk, mostly conducting surveys for clients buying older timber frame and clay […]

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A Brief introduction to the Conservation of Salisbury Cathedral Spire

Written by Philip Scorer Director Vitruvius Conservation During my time as a member of the BLF, I have been involved in many discussions, some heated, about the merits, or not, of various types of lime. Sometimes the choice of which lime to use for a mortar is reasonably straightforward. As a conservator I tend to […]

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Member Spotlight: Artisan Plastercraft

Michael Arney, Managing Director of Artisan Plastercraft, a leading specialist in architectural and decorative plaster, tells us more about the business. How much of your internal plasterwork is traditional floated lime work? We are specialists in decorative (fibrous) plaster mouldings and traditional lime plasterwork. For lime, we work both internally and externally on buildings of […]

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The Warm Dry Home’ book review

Rosamond (Roz) Artis Director, Scottish Lime Centre recommends reading ‘The Warm Dry Home’ by Pete Ward – a long time anti ‘damp industry’ campaigner. It sheds light on the causes of damp, its effect in building fabric and on our health. The book also deals with the causes of condensation which are little understood by […]

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Wern Uchaf A Welsh Saga

Philip Scorer, Director Vitruvius Conservation, tells us about a recent lime mortar project in Wales. At the head of a valley, surrounded by the rugged Rhinog mountains and natural beauty of Snowdonia national park sits a farmhouse built in 1886. Isolated from the world with only a footpath over boggy fields for access, no services […]

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Some dos and don’ts in the use of lime mortars

Rosamond (Roz) Artis Director Scottish Lime Centre provides some top tips about the use of lime mortars. Always work from the top down, so you are never working over finished work (an exception to this is grouting, which is a bottom upwards process). When using hydraulic lime mortars always ensure they are kept damp for […]

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New member spotlight ‘Professor Elizabeth Laycock’ Module Leader for Research Methods and Undergraduate Dissertation Module.

What era of architecture excites you most? I think the only era of architecture I really have a problem with is the Brutalist school which is just difficult for me to find any endearing feature in it to love – oh, and these modern brick and glass blocks that we insist on throwing up all […]

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New Member Spotlight ‘Luke Dickens’

Welcome to new BLF member, Luke Dickens, PhD Researcher in Materials Analysis and Decarbonation of the Built Environment. Can you tell us a bit more about your role as a Member of the Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Group at the School of Engineering? I am a PhD researcher at The University of Liverpool working to […]

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New Member Spotlight: Joel Endersby

Welcome to new BLF member, Joel Endersby, who runs a family business along with his wife that specialises in both traditional and natural building and finishes. He talks about the ethos behind his work and passion for using traditional sustainable materials. Tell us more about your business I have been in the building trade for […]

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2024 Conference and Gathering

The next BLF Conference and Gathering will be held in Brighton, 6-8 September.  Booking will open in May, but hold the dates!

Membership of the Building Limes Forum is open to all. No prior knowledge or experience in the use of lime in building is required. The membership form may be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

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Members of the Building Limes Forum form a community of lime enthusiasts and practitioners, most of whom are producers, suppliers, specifiers or users of lime.

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