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Technical Meeting - A Forensic Approach to Conservation Engineering

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Technical Meeting - A Forensic Approach to Conservation Engineering - Sarah Buck

27th March 2018

Sarah Buck is a co-founder of BSW Consulting and has enjoyed a thirty-year career in structural and civil engineering. Sarah developed an interest in historic structures and sustainable construction during her work based in the south west of England. She has also worked overseas on projects including the construction of a new airport in Southern Africa and a sewerage scheme in Jamaica.

In 2001, Sarah received the Lewis Kent Award for her services to The Institution of Structural Engineers and her profession. She became the first female President of The Institution in 2007. In the 2015 new year honours list, Sarah was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Sarah will outline a forensic approach to conservation engineering with reference to two projects.

South westerly gales and heavy seas frequently batter picturesque Mullion Harbour in Cornwall. This pounding to the Grade 2 listed structure causes frequent significant damage. Sarah needed to ensure that not only were the repairs sympathetic, but that any remediation was also robust. The sometimes conflicting requirements of Historic England and the Conservation Officer added challenge to the projects, as did liaison with the local populace.

Dismantling the tower of the 12th century St David's Church in Haverfordwest was not an option. But how to fix the cracked and cracking steps which wound their way up from the bottom to top, and were part of the structure? Sarah will present her innovative solution which maintained the integrity of the spiral staircase and the four tower walls.



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