Historic plaster ceilings. Part 1: Development and causes of failure

Author: Scott Brookes

Date published

1 March 2021

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Historic plaster ceilings. Part 1: Development and causes of failure

The Structural Engineer
Author

Scott Brookes

Date published

1 March 2021

Author

Scott Brookes

Price

Standard: £9
Members/Subscribers: Free

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Scott Brookes provides an introduction to historic plasterwork, outlining the historical development of the most common forms of traditional ceiling construction and summarising typical causes of deterioration and failure.

Synopsis

Recent collapses of sections of auditorium ceiling at London’s Apollo Theatre and Piccadilly Theatre, and the potentially significant consequences of ceiling failure, highlight a need for structural engineers to develop a close understanding of historic plasterwork and options for its maintenance and remediation.

This two-part article provides an introduction to the subject, as well indicating where more detailed guidance can be sought. Part 1 outlines the historical development of the most common forms of traditional ceiling construction and summarises typical causes of deterioration and failure. Part 2 will discuss surveys, assessment and methods of conservation.

Addendum

The author wishes to express his thanks to Conisbee in addition to the acknowledgements made in the printed article.

Additional information

Format:
PDF
Pages:
5
Publisher:
The Institution of Structural Engineers

Tags

Conservation & Restoration Technical Issue 3

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