DEVON EARTH BUILDINGS ASSOCIATION 2015

Dear Wider Group Member,

You are invited to attend a day conference on the Repair of Cob (see the details below). This event is part of the Conservation and Repair of Cob, a module from the MA Architectural Conservation programme. The details of this are also included below.

Free of charge.

Tea, coffee, lunch etc. available, at your cost, in the café’s in the building and on the campus.

Parking in nearby car parks - none available on the campus - directions to conference building

Looking forward to seeing you there – not essential to book, but any questions please email:- [email protected]

If you wish to attend any other sessions on other days of the module, please contact Linda Watson for further details. [email protected]

DEVON EARTH BUILDING ASSOCIATION WIDER GROUP EVENT on TUESDAY 5th MAY 11.00 till 17.00 at PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY in Jill Craigie Theatre, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building about THE REPAIR OF COB

COMMON FAULTS/TYPICAL FAILURES IN COB BUILDINGS AND THEIR CAUSES Chris Shapland

DIAGNOSIS STRUCTURAL DEFECTS IN COB BUILDINGS Barry Honeysett

COB DISASTERS WITH HAPPY ENDINGS Barry Honeysett

REPAIRS IN PRACTICE Jonathan Rhind

REPAIR & FINISHES ON EARTH WALLS: WORKING ON SITES Pete Mold (tbc)

PLYMOUTH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN & ENVIRONMENT, PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY THE CONSERVATION & REPAIR OF COB BUILDINGS

20th APRIL - 18TH MAY 2015

Module Leader: Linda Watson

Staff Teaching: Peter Child, David Clark, Chris Shapland, Dick Griffiths/Steve Goodhew, Barry Honeysett, Jonathon Rhind, Jill Smallcombe, Jackie Abey, Pete Mold.

Module Aims:

• to provide an understanding of the properties of earth as a building material and how it is used in construction, particularly in the region;

• to identify structural problems and other defects in cob buildings;

• to specify sympathetic, non-disruptive repair.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes:

1. understand the properties of earth as a building material;

2. have an awareness of traditional earth building techniques and in depth knowledge of the cob technique;

3. observe and diagnose defects in cob building;

4. prepare specification for suitable repair techniques.

  Weekly Programme
All sessions in ROLAND LEVINSKY BUILDING

20th April

13.00
14.30

INTRODUCTION TO COB MODULE RL210 13.00- 16.00

EARTHEN ARCHITECTURE: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE Linda Watson
HISTORY OF COB BUILDING IN DEVON Peter Child

27th April

13.00

EXAMINATION OF SUB-SOILS RL306 13.00-17.00

PRACTICAL David Clark
THE USE OF RAW EARTH IN BUILDING David Clark
THE SELECTION OF SUITABLE SOILS FOR BUILDING David Clark

5th MAY

DEVON EARTH BUILDING ASSOCIATION WIDER GROUP EVENT

 

11.00

12.30

2.30
3.30

THE REPAIR OF COB Jill Craigie Theatre

COMMON FAULTS/TYPICAL FAILURES IN COB BUILDINGS AND THEIR CAUSES Chris Shapland
DIAGNOSIS STRUCTURAL DEFECTS IN COB BUILDINGS
Barry Honeysett
COB DISASTERS WITH HAPPY ENDINGS Barry Honeysett
REPAIRS IN PRACTICE Jonathan Rhind REPAIR & FINISHES ON EARTH WALLS: WORKING ON SITES Pete Mold

11 TH MAY

13.00

PERFORMANCE OF EARTH IN BUILDING RL306

THERMAL PERFORMANCE OF EARTH & OTHER NATURAL MATERIALS Dick Griffiths/ Steve Goodhew
STRUCTURAL PERFORMANCE OF SUB SOILS David Clark

18th MAY

TIME TO GET DIRTY(practical)

MASS COB & BLOCK CONSTRUCTION Jill Smallcombe & Jackie Abey (tbc)
RAMMED EARTH, COMPRESSED BLOCK David Clark

  VISITS TO BE ARRANGED

DIRECTIONS TO ROLAND LEVINSKY BUILDING

ACCESSIBLE PARKING

Coming from A38 west bound, follow signs into Plymouth city centre.

As you approach the city centre along Exeter Street get into the central lane. At Charles Cross Roundabout (ruins of bombed church) leave following signs for A38, Liskeard and Railway Station. This is shown on campus map (see attachment).

Continue to follows signs A38, Liskeard and Railway Station along Cobourg Street.

Do not turn right up North Hill after the Drakes Circus shopping centre!

The next roundabout is North Cross. Here drive completely around the roundabout following signs for Exeter returning back towards Charles Cross Roundabout along Cobourg Street. Get into the left hand lane when leaving North Cross Roundabout.

Blue Badge Holders only

The main vehicular access to the University is the first turning on the left and is signposted. Then turn right and drive to the disabled parking opposite Roland Levinsky building the large copper clad and glass building (see campus map No 33).

The car park is adjacent to Babbage Building see campus map No 1