Copper Roofing seminar at Guildford Cathedral

Repairing a 20th Century Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Guildford
Friday 10th November 2017


Following our introductory visit to Guildford Cathedral back in 2014 and our subsequent visit to view the progress of the work in November 2016, the internal work within the cathedral is now finished, the asbestos removed and the new lighting installed. However, work on the copper roofs continues and John Bailey, the Cathedral Architect and I have now arranged for another visit to look at the copper roofing work currently on site. This visit will take place on Friday, 10th November 2017 by kind permission of Guildford Cathedral. John Bailey, The Cathedral Architect and Doug Evans of Thomas Ford and Partners, will bring us up to date on the work, in collaboration with the Main Contractor, Universal Stone and the Copper Roofing Sub-Contractor, Boss Metals.

What we will hear about on the day:

The programme sets out in more detail the format for the day, but essentially John Bailey and Doug Evans will talk about the work on the cathedral’s roofs, why the renewal of the copper sheeting was necessary and some of the technical aspects of the work. After lunch guided tours will be arranged to look at the works in progress and allow members to view and talk with the coppersmiths on site. John Bailey says that he hopes to show how the sheet metal is formed in the workshops and then taken up onto the roofs and fixed in place. This means we may well be able to see seaming taking place in-situ and to talk to those involved about copper roofing in general.
There should also be an opportunity to look at the completed works within the cathedral during the day as we will walk from the Refectory, where registration will take place, through the cathedral to the Chapter House, at the east end of the cathedral, for the morning’s talk.

Programme & Booking Form:

Full details of this meeting are set out on the Programme and Booking Form. Please book promptly and no later than Tuesday, 31st October 2017. This is to ensure we have everything in place, including the catering for lunch, as the afternoon tours are on a first come first served basis due to the limited size of the groups that can be taken at any one time to the various parts of the cathedral roofs that we shall explore, so do book early. Please note the requirements, set out on the Booking Form, for appropriate personal protective equipment to be brought and worn by delegates for the visit on site.


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