One of the challenges that we encounter on many of our construction projects here at Stamford Stone is finding a way to combine modern and traditional design.
A good example of this is our recently finished work at the University of Cambridge, which chose us to provide the stone for a major redevelopment of West Court at Jesus College.
The state-of-the-art building will include a multi-functional auditorium, offices, social spaces, and accommodation for students and visitors.
This is one of the first projects where we’ve been involved heavily in the design process, as well as providing the materials. We worked closely with contractors Cocksedge and Niall McCloughlin Architects throughout the six-month project.
Stone from our quarries at Clipsham Medwells and Greetham was used to freshen up the design of West Court, which was looking a bit outdated with its seventies-style architecture.
On the exterior walls we supplied vertical ribs of stone with a natural, rock-like finish that gives a nice contrast to the building’s smooth ashlar brickwork. The internal staircase was clad with Greetham limestone treads and risers, also with rock-like edges.
More than 200 metres of once weathered copings were supplied throughout the main building and café terrace. We also installed facia panels over the West Court entrance featuring the Jesus College crest, hand carved by our masons.
Our stone has brightened up West Court, which now looks impressive and modern while still complementing the traditional surroundings. Using a combination of machine and hand carving techniques has given a classic finish in keeping with the world-famous university.
We’re no strangers to restoring prestigious buildings. The same stone used at Jesus College has been supplied all over the country at locations including Windsor Castle and York Minster. It has also been used extensively in Oxford and Cambridge.
It’s always satisfying to see a project through from start to finish and we’re delighted to see our stone used so effectively once again.