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NATIONAL MAINTENANCE WEEK 23–30 NOVEMBER 2012
MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2012 13.00–16.30 MORECAMBE WINTER GARDENS
MORECAMBE TOWNSCAPE HERITAGE INITIATIVE (THI 2) ‘A VIEW FOR ERIC’
NATIONAL MAINTENANCE WEEK
WHY SHOULD WE MAINTAIN OUR HISTORIC BUILDINGS?
PUT SOME ENERGY INTO MAINTENANCE THIS NOVEMBER – A BADLY MAINTAINED BUILDING CANNOT BE AN ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING
– A well-cared-for building will help retain maximum value and extend its life; – maintenance reduces the need to carry out major and expensive repairs or restoration, as well as avoiding the disruption these can cause; – maintenance ensures the retention of historic fabric, since small-scale repairs result in fewer losses than large-scale replacements; – the retention of existing materials and the use of fewer new materials is environmentally sustainable; and – the poor appearance of property can affect people’s perceptions of an area and a ‘spiral of decline’ can set in. Conversely, buildings and places that are cared for and look good, feel safer, drive-up custom and in turn can encourage investment. Planned or preventative maintenance is the best way of looking after an historic building since it can reduce or remove the need for repair. Lancaster City Council is now making grants available for targeted properties in the western end of the Morecambe Conservation Area through the second Morecambe Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) 2: A View for Eric. Grants can assist with restoring historic buildings in this area but are not available to carry out routine repair and maintenance which should be carried out by property owners as standard practice. ADVICE TO OWNERS OF BUILDINGS:
OF ALL TIMES AND STYLES…TO STAVE OFF DECAY BY DAILY CARE, TO PROP A PERILOUS WALL OR MEND A LEAKY ROOF… William Morris, SPAB Manifesto, 1877
STAVE OFF DECAY
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10 TIPS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE 1. Maintain your building - catch problems before they catch to you. 2. Repair your building - fix a leaky roof or blocked gutter and find the source of a damp problem - a dry house is a warmer house! 3. Understand your building - allow surfaces to breathe and work with the original building construction and plan form 4. Understand how much your building costs to run - do you know how much gas, electricity and water you use? 5. Understand your behaviour in the building - do you have to heat the whole house and for what periods? 6. Install efficient heating system and controls - design your heating system around how you use the building and make the controls as user-friendly as possible 7. Control air infiltration - keep on top of internal decoration, carpet suspended timber floors, hang thick curtains, install window draught-proofing, secondary glazing or wooden shutters 8. Get your insulation right - by all means insulate lofts and insulate underfloor voids, but remember not to block or impede ventilation in those areas as this can lead to problems 9. Ventilate moisture away at source - remove moisture from bathrooms and kitchens before it circulates and condenses 10. Pull on a woolly jumper and thicker socks! – it might sound simple, but this common sense solution can really make a difference Advice provided by SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings). Further advice at www.maintainyourbuilding.org.uk.
MORECAMBE TOWNSCAPE HERITAGE INITIATIVE (THI 2) ‘A VIEW FOR ERIC’ MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORKSHOP
WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2012 13.00–16.30 MORECAMBE WINTER GARDENS If you are interested in finding out more about looking after your historic building, join us for an afternoon discussing and considering conservation approaches with guest speaker James Innerdale, conservation architect and adviser on the care and conservation of historic buildings. This interactive session is aimed at all those who look after unlisted and listed buildings including home and business owners, volunteers and built heritage contractors and professionals. Warm drinks and refreshments will be provided! Numbers are limited so prior booking is essential.
Call: 01524 582375 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lancaster.gov.uk/viewforeric
Photography by Steve Pendrill