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Solving Problem Stonework

A new research project is to investigate common problems in the stonework of Georgian buildings.

Jan 21, 2013

The project will be led by Research Associate Daphne Kessissoglou from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Architecture. Her research over the next two months will focus on balustrade parapets and cornices on EWH funded projects, looking for recurring problems in these architectural features. EWH has awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the study.

Balustrade parapets are a relatively common architectural feature in the Georgian New Town. They were intended to extend the height of the house, improving the proportions of the front of the building, and hiding the roof behind. However they are exposed to wind and rain on both sides, and because of their position inspection and maintenance can be difficult.  If water gets in at this point it can affect roof timbers, leading to a series of problems and expensive repairs.

To demonstrate the issues a scale model will be built, clearly illustrating the detail of typical stonework problems seen on at balustraded parapets and cornices in Georgian buildings. The project will also use digital 3D models, to show the range of solutions which can be applied, based on the examples of good practice. The model will be available to aid the training of stonemasons, surveyors, architects, engineers and provide guidance for building owners.

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