EASA AGM & AUTUMN MEETING 2021

Thursday 4th November 2021

This year’s AGM and Autumn Meeting will begin as usual with the business of the Association, which is open to all Members and Associates. The Autumn Meeting will continue to consider and develop our knowledge of Net Zero Carbon and how this will all affect our lives and work as we shall start with a talk by Dr David Knight of the CBC who will be speaking on how Faculty Jurisdiction can assist the move to Net Zero carbon. He will also talk about the National Burial Grounds Survey. Following this we shall hear about the “Environmental Monitoring” that has been taking place as a pilot study at English Heritage’s Kenwood House site on Hampstead Heath. Kevin Thomas from the EIG and our sponsors for the day, will open this subject out and then Nicola Duncan-Finn from English Heritage, will go into the more technical aspects and results of this project.

We will conclude the morning with a talk on the “Bath Abbey Footprint Project” which involved the relaying of the floor across the abbey and the introduction of underfloor heating using “waste” water from the Roman Baths. This talk will combine design and technology in what will be a very interesting topic, which we hope will provoke a good deal of thinking and questions from the floor.

We will take lunch in the Undercroft, during which as a result of recent flood damage we may be able to show you the St Sepulchre Chapel, with the work by Comper, which was hidden by hoardings the last time we visited. We shall then return to the Nave for the Awards ceremony, that we shall be jointly hosting with the National Churches Trust. The annual presentation of The King of Prussia’s Gold Medal will be made by our Patron, Prince Nicholas. The Presidents’ Award will be made by HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, along with the Young Church Architect of the Year Award, which will be presented by Kevin Thomas on behalf of our sponsors the EIG, who are providing the prize for this award.

The afternoon’s events will continue after tea and coffee with the Open Forum, chaired by President Anna Joynt with Vice President Andrew Wood. Then, after the new President is installed, Andrew Wood will talk briefly about the coming year and how we shall be playing catch up with the postponed Spring Conference to be held in Salisbury on 11th and 12th March 2021, the 150th Anniversary Celebration provisionally pencilled in for Thursday, 23rd June 2021 at Lambeth Palace and the Autumn Conference in Edinburgh in September 2021, which was held over from Graeme Renton’s Presidency.

The meeting will conclude with a talk on the “Floating Church Project” where a new church for the St Columba Parish in Stepney will undoubtedly provoke a great deal of thought as to how the church in general can reach out to the local community in new ways. Murray Kerr and his colleague Andrew Ingham, architects for the project from the Denizen Works, will explain the design and construction of the barge in which the church was created and we hope that Rev’d Steve Pilkington from St Columba’s will also be with us to give a pastoral background to the project. I hope that everyone attending will be able to see how the different talks and projects will all be joined by the single strand of thinking through Net Zero Carbon issues, which will continue this idea from the virtual talks that we have held so successfully earlier this year.

 

EASA ELECTRONIC EVENINGS: SOLAR PHOTO-VOLTAIC ARRAYS AT TWO CATHEDRALS: OCTOBER 2021

Wednesday 6th October 2021 5:00PM

"Further thoughts on the design and installation of these installations on sensitive sites"

EASA will be holding a further virtual evening meeting at 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 6 October 2021 developing our thoughts on Net Zero Carbon matters, with a seminar on “Solar photo-voltaic arrays at two cathedrals”. This is the third of our EASA Electronic Evenings looking at matters of sustainability and it follows up on our earlier session during the series last May, on the installation of photo-voltaic cells on church buildings.

Our speakers for the evening will discuss installations at Gloucester and Salisbury Cathedrals. Antony Feltham-King, Principal of St Ann’s Gate Architects, will tell us about the Gloucester project. This talk will range from the wider contextual issues through to design and how technical difficulties were overcome. Canon Dr. Robert Titley, Canon Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, will then give a talk from the client’s perspective on the installation at Salisbury Cathedral.

The speakers will then be joined for a Q&A session by panelists Izaak Hudson, Architect to Salisbury Cathedral, and by Tom Crooks whose photovoltaic installation on a Grade 2 listed church in Sheffield was the subject of our May seminar.

The Q&A session will be chaired by Anna Joynt, who will field your questions as they are sent in via the chat line system. There may also be an opportunity here to continue the interesting discussions begun at the last EASA e-session on to what extent it might be acceptable to see photovoltaic cells on listed church buildings.


EASA ELECTRONIC EVENINGS: BATS IN CHURCHES: SEPTEMBER 2021

Thursday 23rd September 2021 5:00PM

Bats found in churches are a common issue when building conservation and repairwork is proposed. Help and support is often found through support from Natural England and other such ecological bodies, amongst whom is the “Bats in Churches Project”. To develop our knowledge further we will be running a seminar on the subject, which will take place at 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 23rd September 2021. This meeting will follow our usual format for such events and will run for about an hour and a half, concluding with a Question and Answer session at the end.

The “Bats in Churches” project is a five year initiative that aims to help churches live more harmoniously with their bats and this seminar will give us all a chance to see what the project has been doing to assist churches from the larger bat mitigation projects down to the small scale and focused protection of particular heritage assets. Members of the project will join us to talk about their aims for the future and how these may be useful to the wider world of church architectural conservation.

After a brief introduction to the evening by Anna Joynt, the EASA Hon. President, Rachel Arnold, Bats in Churches Heritage Advisor for the Churches Conservation Trust, will introduce the project and its work. She will also outline the processes and timing issues involved with conservation projects where bats are present and look at the roles of the Ecologist and the Architect involved in these works. She will then touch on Class Licenses and the project’s future plans.

In order to illustrate the work carried out so far there will then be a presentation by EASA members of some case studies where repairworks and mitigation measures have been worked out with the Bats in Churches project. After which Rachel Arnold will look at examples of other mitigation measures introduced during the early phases of the project and she will then explain the different approaches adopted and provide further information on mitigation successes.

Claire Boothby, the Bats in Churches Training and Survey Officer, will talk about the bat species likely to be found in churches and their typical maternal and paternal roosting locations. She will also explain what to look out for and expect when carrying out bat surveys.

The seminar will conclude with a panel discussion responding to your questions, raised either by the talks, or your own encounters with bats around the country. This will be chaired by Anna Joynt, who will field your questions as they are sent in via the chat line system. The panel will include Rachel Arnold and Claire Boothby who will be joined by Honor Gay, the Bats in Churches Engagement Officer, along with the architects presenting the case studies.