We run a wide range of courses, from traditional building skills for repair and conservation throughout the year, as well as masterclasses from beginner to advanced and beyond. The courses have been put into broad categories but please take a look at them all and if you're not sure then please contact us if you would like to discuss which course is suitable for you or your employees. We are always happy to help learners choose the right course.
Courses for Building Professionals, Site Managers & Students of the Built Environment
Repairing Traditional Masonry P1- Professional Level 1
This is our most popular 2 day workshop for building professionals and provides an introduction to the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry structures and buildings, for the most part using traditional lime based mortars. A combination of lecture and practical teaching this course gives an understanding of traditional building technology.
Masonry Building Conservation- Principles and Techniques P2-Professional Level 2
Provides confidence in the repair principles, materials and techniques for traditional masonry buildings, covering mortar manufacture, practical repair methods and techniques, and aftercare of lime based materials.
Above Eaves Level P1 - Traditional Slate Roofs
This two day course aims to provide an introductory guide to traditional Scottish roofs including function, structure, types of trusses, external roof shapes, typical details and decorative features and the causes of deterioration and the main causes of failure.
Courses for Contractors
Making and Using Traditional Mortars C1-Contractor Level 1
Our most popular two day introductory course aimed at contractors and those with trowel skills, this practical workshop will provide attendees with a strong understanding of lime technology, how to approach re-pointing work in traditional buildings and the correct materials to use.
Traditional Masonry Repair C2-Contractor Level 2
A 3 day workshop aimed at contractors, building on the knowledge and skills gained on 'C1 Making and Using Traditional Mortars'.
Intensive Training & Assessment (C1, C2 & National Units SQA)
This intensive week of training and assessment will combine our courses 'C1 Making and Using Traditional Mortars' and 'C2 Traditional Masonry Repair' with continual assessment to allow you to gain SQA National Units 1, 2 & 3 in Conservation Masonry within five intensive days.
Rendering and Harling with Lime
This course will enable you to apply a variety of external lime render finishes to a wide range of backgrounds including matching to existing finishes.
Surface Repair of Stone
This course will cover the how to carry out a successful surface stone repair with an understanding of the materials and when and where it may be appropriate.
Making, Pigmenting & Applying Limewash
A half day course covering all aspects of making and working with limewashes including how to determine suitable finishes for a range of background types.
1 Day Rendering with Lime
This course will enable you to apply a variety of lime render finishes to a wide range of backgrounds including matching to existing finishes
Basic Masonry Skills
By popular demand, we have introduced this new two day course which is suitable for those with limited or no experience and wish to attain basic stonemasonry skills on natural sandstone blocks.
Rubble Wall Building
This practical two day course will equip you to set out, construct and finish a traditional rubble wall using a variety of building stones and traditional lime mortars.
Courses for Homeowners, People Responsible for Traditional Buildings & Anyone Seeking New Skills
Maintaining Traditional Buildings
A must for anyone who owns or is responsible for a traditional building.
Sash and Case Window Repairs
Don’t rip out your sash and case windows! Come and learn how to carry out your own repairs.
Decorative Stone Carving
This course is intended to give students of all abilities the skills and knowledge to carve stone.
Letter Cutting in Stone
This course is intended to give students of all abilities the skills and knowledge to cut letters into stone.
Dry Stone Walling
Learn the basics of dry stone walling to enable you to undertake your own projects.
Learn the skills to help you carry out your own mortar pointing repairs.
Built Environment Seminars
Winter Working with Lime
Our definitive guide to winter working with lime mortars with hints, tips and practical advice to help you extend your working season successfully.
The Structural Repair of Historic Buildings
This course will provide you with a sound understanding of the philosophy of conservation and a better understanding of the relationship between structural engineering and conservation.
Mortar Analysis Explained
This seminar will ensure that you can gain the most out of your mortar analysis reports and to learn how to carry out your own basic analyses.
Specifying Mortars for Repair, Restoration and New Build
Attend this seminar to refresh your knowledge, or learn for the first time, how to specify mortars correctly to ensure a successful project.
Building Conservation Explained
This introduction to building conservation will take attendees through the basics of best practice and dispel the many myths that abound when working with historic buildings.
Damp in Buildings Masterclass
One of the world’s leading experts on investigating dampness in buildings and co-author of the RICS’ bestselling book ‘Diagnosing Damp’, recognised as the primary reference work on dampness in buildings, will deliver a 1 day seminar on that very subject.
Repair and Maintenance of Masonry Arch Bridge Masterclass
This masterclass looks at all aspects of masonry arch bridge construction and the materials utilized to determine the most appropriate repair schemes.
Intro to Lime Based Mortars & Traditional Materials for the repair of civil engineering structures
This workshop introduces the range of lime and early patented cement based mortars that have been used in the past for the construction of masonry arch bridges, culverts, tunnels, light houses, viaducts, canals, harbours, retaining walls, piers and other masonry structures which contribute so much to the richness of our built heritage
Stone Analysis Explained
Join us on this free seminar and gain a greater understanding of the process of stone analysis and be able to understand and use the results of stone analysis to create better specifications for replacement stone masonry units.
CE2 Masonry consolidation techniques for the repair of historic buildings and structures
This workshop is the follow on course from CE1 Introduction to lime based mortars and traditional materials for the repair of civil engineering structures and covers two major techniques for consolidating masonry structures, namely grouting (with a liquid mortar) and concealed crack stitching.