The 2011 Building Limes Forum Conference and Gathering was held from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September 2011 in and around the industrial heritage of Ironbridge in Shropshire.
The theme for the Friday was ‘Breathable’ Buildings and Sustainability and covered how moisture-permeable buildings operated in practice, legislation and regulations they needed to comply with, theory and research.
The conference looked at the practical effects of new legislation and British/European standards, and of recent research in the field. Speakers will included Ian Brocklebank of The University of Plymouth, Cliff Blundell, Dr Tim Padfield, Neil May of Natural Building Technologies, Dr Robyn Pender of English Heritage, Dr Caroline Rye of The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Ian Pritchett of Lime Technology Ltd and Joseph Little of Building Life Consultancy, Dublin.
Saturday brought case studies on St Pancras Station and The Iron Bridge. In the afternoon there was a guided tour of Llanymynech, a massive disused lime works, with much of the infrastructure still visible, including a largely complete Hoffman kiln.
Sunday morning saw subjects raised by delegates including Lime specifications for extreme conditions by Stafford Holmes, and in the afternoon there was the option of a trip to the Roman site at Wroxeter or a tour of the IronbridgeWorld Heritage Site.
The conference was being held in conjunction with the Building Limes Forum Ireland and the Nordic Limes Forum. A one-day event was held on the Friday by the Stone and Wall Paintings section of the Institute of Conservation on the Conservation of Architectural Plasterwork and delegates could switch between sessions.
During the course of the conference there was a ‘Lime Fair’ displaying products and demonstrating skills.
Supported by Galliford Try
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.