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Source: Northern Ireland City of Armagh

This Friday (20th November) marks the beginning of National Maintenance Week – a national campaign that encourages property owners to carry out basic maintenance checks and repairs on their buildings to prevent major problems developing further down the line.

To mark the week locally, the Lurgan Townscape Heritage Initiative is joining forces with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) to bring together a range of expert speakers to provide advice and guidance through a series of online presentations.

With many properties in Lurgan town centre having chimney and rooftop issues, the Lurgan THI have organised the following talks to offer advice to property owners on proper chimney and rooftop maintenance:

Lisa Edden: Maintaining Chimneys, Roofs and other Lofty Building Elements

24th November 2020: 19:30 – 20:30

Online Zoom Lecture
Free – registration required

A live illustrated online Zoom presentation of the issues commonly found with high level building elements, focusing on chimneys but also looking at roof, parapet and central gutters along with other typical roof defects.

The talk will explore how these elements are best maintained and what to do when they go wrong in an appropriate conservation manner. Case studies, with a focus on Lurgan rooftops, will be included. The talk will finish with a question and answer session.

The talk will be presented by Lisa Edden, a Chartered Structural Engineer specialising in conservation and co-author of the guide “Roofs – A Guide to the Repair of Historic Roofs”, published by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2010. Lisa is a regular lecturer on various Applied Building Conservation diplomas, as well for the Irish Georgian Society and the Building Limes Forum Ireland.

The talk is free to view but pre-registration is required. To register please click the following link:

Susan Roundtree: Maintaining Historic Brickwork
25th November 2020: 19:30 – 20:30
Online Lecture
Free – registration required

An illustrated Zoom presentation providing guidance on the maintenance and repair of historic brickwork. Beginning with an overview of the history of brickmaking and brick use in Ulster, the talk will then provide tips on how to identify different types of bricks and brickwork, the conservation principles associated with each and the common problems which occur. A case study showcasing example repair works will round off the presentation.

The talk will be presented by Conservation Architect Susan Roundtree, a brickwork expert who has written extensively on the topic. She is currently in the process of preparing a gazetteer of brickmaking in Ireland.

The presentation is free to view but pre-registration is required. To register please click the following link:

These events are made possible by the support of the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund through the Lurgan Townscape Heritage Scheme.

For more information on other events taken place for National Maintenance Week take a look at the SPAB and UAHS websites:

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