Natural Stone Awards - 2010 - Ashridge Management College - Highly Commended in Restoration

Ashridge Management College - this phase of work involved the restoration of the facade to the east elevation, returns and bases of the chimneys above the library annex.  Care was taken to preserve as much of the original fabric as possible.  The stone facade is Clunch with Portland limestone dressings to the hood moulds, weatherings to buttresses and the carved paterae to the quatrefoil panels in the pierced parapet.  The decayed state of the stone face was such that each stone was removed, assessed and, where possible, cleaned or a new face cut prior to it being refixed.  Where the stone was beyond reuse it was replaced.  The external arches and jambs to the central door and four main windows were replaced half sole with a part replacement to the internal jamb to incorporate the new glass panels.  Approximately 90% of the buttresses were replaced. 

Judges comments:- "The contractor should be congratulated on demonstrating that the 'craft' of Masonry is alive and well and high standards of craftsmanship can still be achieved.  The original bosses, mouldings and balusters within the pierced screen have been replaced.  The state of deterioration of these elements can easily be seen on the survey photographs and the mason has painstakingly removed these, measured and replicated with new stone from the original quarry.  The work is sharp, defined and extremely well executed down to the smallest detail.  The carvings are mounted on the refurbished screen with care.  The lime jointing is clean, clear and consistent."

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