Experts in for conversation seminars

The first repairs under the Selkirk CARS project have started in the High Street
The first repairs under the Selkirk CARS project have started in the High Street

As part of the ongoing Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), a series of free monthly technical seminars will take place focused on best practice in conservation.

Selkirk CARS is a partnership funded by Historic Scotland and Scottish Borders Council and is committed to providing opportunities for local building contractors and professional agents to develop additional knowledge and skills related to the repair and maintenance of the town’s traditional building fabric.

The events are open to anyone with an interest in the repair of traditional buildings, and in particular those who intend to take part in any Selkirk CARS funded projects. Places are limited therefore booking is essential.

The first in the series takes place on Tuesday 29 September, when Roger Curtis, Historic Scotland’s Technical Research Manager will discuss the effect of rot in traditional buildings and the best practice to address the problem in a conservation environment.

This will be followed on Tuesday 27 October by Craig Jump of Sky View Video who will talk about the use of drone technology in surveying. He will cover the issues to consider when commissioning such aerial surveys, the legislation covering use of drones and the type of information that can be produced.

The final seminar in the series will cover guidance on inspecting existing leadwork, the correct specification and detailed of rolled lead sheet and the role of the Lead Sheet Association and their services. This seminar will be taken by Simon Tate of the Lead Sheet Association and will take place on Tuesday 24 November.

All three events will be held in the Tweed Room at Ettrick Riverside Business Centre, Dunsdale Road, Selkirk. They all start at 4.30pm prompt and last around an hour. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Places can be booked by contacting Colin Gilmour, Selkirk CARS Project Officer, on selkirkCARS@scotborders.gov.uk or 01835 825563.