Exploring heritage masonry and plastering ahead of our Sustainable and Traditional Buildings Fair


In construction, where innovation and modernity frequently steer decision-making, there also exists the intriguing and exciting world of heritage building techniques. These time-honoured practices, rooted in history and tradition, extend far beyond the mere renovation of traditional buildings; they offer substantial benefits in the realm of sustainability and eco-friendly construction practices. Increasingly captivating architects, artisans, and craftspeople, these age-old methods provide not only a window into the past but also a sustainable pathway toward the future.

The timeless art of heritage masonry

Masonry – the art of building structures from individual units of stone laid in and bound together by mortar – has been integral to human civilisation since ancient times. While modern construction often relies on cement-based mortars, heritage masonry takes us back to a time when lime mortar reigned supreme.

Lime mortar, crafted from lime, sand, and water, possesses unique properties that allow structures to breathe, flex, and withstand the test of time. Unlike its modern counterparts, lime mortar is softer, allowing for greater flexibility and movement, thus reducing the risk of cracking and structural damage. Its permeability also enables moisture to escape, preventing the build-up of dampness within walls—a common issue in many older buildings.

Reviving the art of traditional plastering

Alongside heritage masonry, traditional plastering techniques add another layer of intrigue to the world of sustainable construction. Traditional plasters, often composed of lime, clay, and locally sourced, course, well graded aggregates, offer a plethora of benefits beyond mere aesthetics.

Lime plaster, for instance, boasts excellent breathability and durability, making it an ideal choice for historical restoration projects. Its ability to regulate humidity levels within buildings not only enhances indoor air quality but also contributes to the preservation of architectural treasures for generations to come.

Embrace the traditional and shape a sustainable future.

Heritage masonry and plastering techniques offer more than just a glimpse into history; they provide us with a blueprint for building a future that is both respectful of our heritage and mindful of our planet.

The Tywi Centre's Sustainable and Traditional Buildings Fair

Here at the Tywi Centre, we’re inviting enthusiasts and professionals alike to immerse themselves in the world of heritage masonry and plastering techniques. Join us on May 11, 2024, as we celebrate the timeless craftmanship that defines our architectural heritage.

From hands-on workshops to insightful talks by industry experts, the Sustainable and Traditional Buildings Fair promises a journey through time – a journey that honours the past while embracing the future of sustainable construction practices.

Discover the secrets of lime mortar mixing, learn the art of traditional plastering, and gain invaluable insights into preserving our built heritage for generations to come. Whether you're a seasoned craftsman or a curious novice, there's something for everyone at the Fair.

The Sustainable and Traditional Buildings Fair will take place on May 11, 2024, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Tywi Centre, where the past meets the present, and the future is ours to shape.

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