College students help preserve historic buildings

Students from City of Wolverhampton College are learning the art of preserving historic buildings as a prelude to National Maintenance Week.

Construction students are joining trades people from across the city on the one day heritage course, which takes place at the college’s Wellington Road Campus on November 9.

Participants will learn how to survey and check old buildings as well as how to deal with decay, movement and damp.

They will also tour Queen Street and nearby buildings as part of the course, which is one of several conservation workshops being offered by the college through the Queen Street Gateway Townscape Heritage Scheme.

The scheme, which was launched after City of Wolverhampton Council secured a £864,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to provide grant assistance towards the cost of external repairs and enhancements to buildings of historic interest in Queen Street.

To aid the work, City of Wolverhampton College is hosting a number of day workshops where students, volunteers and building professionals can learn traditional techniques including lime mortars, decorative plasterwork, sash and casement window repair, lead soldering and welding and terracotta maintenance.

Curriculum Manager for Construction Joel Dalhouse said: “The college is delighted to be part of this heritage scheme and provide our construction facilities for such a worthwhile project.

“This introduction to essential maintenance techniques is a great opportunity for our students to learn new skills and further enhances what they are learning as part of their course.”

 National Maintenance Week, which takes place from 18 November to 25 November, is organised by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and encourages owners of all sorts of buildings to be aware of the importance of regular property care.


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