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Dr Tom Dyer - University of Dundee, Ed Morton - The Morton Partnership, Gordon Ross - Watts, Murray Soutar (Director CRL), Peter Drummond - Drummond Architects, Steve Wood - Narro Associates
Charlestown Workshops, KY11 3EN
Start Time
9:30 a.m.
End Time
4 p.m.
£200.00 + VAT
(£240.00 incl VAT)

Technical Details

Individual Learning Accounts (ILA)
Requires C1 & C2?
Technical Level
Practical Level


This master class delves into the principles and methodologies of conservation repairs for modern reinforced concrete structures, providing in-depth knowledge essential for engineers, architects, and construction professionals involved in the maintenance and preservation of concrete infrastructure.

As modern concrete structures age, they often face deterioration due to various factors such as environmental exposure, chemical attacks, and structural loading. Conservative repair techniques aim to address these challenges while preserving the integrity and original design intent of the structure.

Through a combination of theoretical lectures, case studies, and practical demonstrations, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the following key aspects:

  1. Understanding Deterioration Mechanisms: Explore the various factors contributing to the deterioration of modern reinforced concrete structures, including corrosion of reinforcement, alkali-aggregate reactions, freeze-thaw cycles, and carbonation. Learn how to identify signs of distress and assess the extent of damage.
  2. Principles of Conservative Repair: Learn the fundamental principles underlying conservative repair, including compatibility, durability, and reversibility. Understand the importance of preserving the original materials and structural integrity while addressing the root causes of deterioration.
  3. Repair Materials and Techniques: Examine a range of repair materials and techniques suitable for different types of damage, including concrete patching, corrosion mitigation, crack injection, and surface protection. Explore the selection criteria for repair materials based on performance, compatibility, and long-term durability.
  4. Case Studies and Best Practices: Analyse real-world case studies highlighting successful conservative repair projects across various infrastructure types, including buildings, bridges, dams, and marine structures. Explore best practices derived from these case studies, including project planning, execution strategies, and quality control measures.
  5. Sustainability and Life-Cycle Assessment: Discuss the role of conservative repair in promoting sustainability and extending the service life of concrete structures. Learn how life-cycle assessment methodologies can inform decision-making processes and optimize repair strategies for maximum environmental and economic benefits.

By the end of this master class, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan, execute, and oversee conservative repair projects for modern reinforced concrete structures, ensuring their longevity, safety, and resilience in the face of environmental and structural challenges.


Murray Soutar - Director, CRL

Murray is an experienced Civil Engineering Technician with over 50+ years’ experience in managing multi-discipline construction activities. He joined the CRL team in 2005 from the then parent company MJ Gleeson Group, where he had worked since 1986, ending up as Area Manager for the Scottish Construction Division. He is a member of the CRL Leadership team and in 2006 was part of the Management Buy Out team who bought CRL back from the Gleeson Group. Currently employed as Regional Director (Scotland & Ireland), he has responsibility for all aspects of the business throughout Scotland and Ireland.

Murray has had the privilege, during his career in construction, of being entrusted to deliver complex repair and refurbishment projects to many iconic buildings in Scotland including The National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh), The Dean Gallery (Edinburgh), The Church of the Holy Rude (Stirling), St Andrews House (Edinburgh) and most recently the refurbishment of the controversial grade “A” listed Gala Fairydean Rovers football stand in Galashiels.

Murray has also been involved in the ongoing inspection, maintenance and repair of many impressive concrete hydro and general reservoir dams that were constructed at the end of the second world war in some of the most remote and environmentally stunning locations in the country. These dams in conjunction with Scotland’s adoption of wind energy are key to enabling Scotland’s drive towards a zero-carbon future.

Murray’s involvement in this broad spectrum of disciplines throughout the construction industry has led to a hard-earned understanding of materials and repair strategies that can be used to maintain and repair structures. This knowledge also includes an understanding of the importance of developing these strategies to suit the unique requirements of every individual structure, taking into consideration aesthetics as well as technical competency as set down in current standards.

Dr Tom Dyer - Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee

Tom is a Materials Scientist who has worked in the field of Concrete Technology for 20 years. He obtained his first degree in Materials Science at the University of Manchester. He has been employed at the University of Dundee since 1996, firstly as a Research Assistant and currently as Senior Lecturer.

His research interests include:

Durability of concrete and its deterioration mechanisms

Recycling of by-products as cements

Concrete biodeterioration and bioprotection

This research has focussed on the chemical reactions that occur between cement and other substances and the implications such processes have on concrete microstructure. These investigations have involved techniques such as X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, CT scanning and geochemical modelling techniques.

He is the author of Concrete Durability and Biodeterioration of Concrete.

Edward Morton CEng FICE IHBC CARE Accredited - Managing Director, The Morton Partnership

Ed is the Managing Director of The Morton Partnership Ltd and has over 30 years experience working particularly in conservation and the repair and adaption of historic buildings and structures. He is privileged to be the appointed Engineer to Westminster Abbey, York Minster, Canterbury, Durham, Southwark and Ely Cathedrals.

He is an Engineer Accredited in Conservation (CARE) and sits on the panel, sits on the Institute of Historic Building Conservation technical sub-committee, and is also a member of the ICOMOS UK Timber Wood Committee. He has acted as expert witness for both court cases and planning appeals. He lectures widely throughout the country and abroad and has published numerous articles including acting as Principal Contributor to the 2012 updated English Heritage Practical Building Conservation book on Timber.

Projects Ed has worked on include St George’s Hall in Liverpool, Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, The Ironbridge, The Palace of Westminster, Wollaton Hall and Park in Nottingham, The City Hall in Georgetown, Guyana and Ballyfin House in Ireland, as well as many others.

Peter Drummond - Director, Peter Drummond Architects

Peter is a chartered architect with over 20 years experience in the heritage sector. After training at Historic Scotland, Peter moved to leading Scottish conservation practice ARP Lorimer and Associates, and from 2004 to 2007 headed the specialist pan-practice conservation unit at Austin-Smith: Lord. He is accredited in conservation at the highest levels of the RIAS, RIBA, and AABC schemes and is Past National Chairman of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland.

Steve Wood - Technical Director, Narro Associates

Steve has a special interest in the existing built environment, from the careful conservation of ancient monuments and structures to the adaptation and re-use of buildings. His experience and wider interests have given him a thorough knowledge of historic and modern building forms and techniques. His work on the care of existing buildings ranges from complex structural appraisals of internationally-recognised buildings such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, through the sensitive repair of traditional clay-mortared farmsteads on Orkney. It also covers the careful conservative repair of modern brutalist classics like the Netherdale Stand at Gala Fairydean Rovers, Galashiels. Steve has also worked on full refurbishments of buildings that have required significant intervention, for example The Great Eastern Hotel, London and St. Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh.

Steve is currently a Trustee of The Unicorn Preservation Society. Launched in 1824, the frigate HMS Unicorn is Scotland’s only preserved warship and is the most original old ship in the world.

Gordon Ross - Director, Watts

£200.00 + VAT
(£240.00 incl VAT)

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