When a vision becomes reality: the stunning new Orangery at Rushton Hall
Surrounded by 25 acres of grounds with a lake, Rushton Hall is one of the finest hotels in Northamptonshire. Not only is it visually stunning, the Hall also boasts a rich and colourful history.
From Sir Thomas Tresham, who inherited the Hall when he was just 9 years old to his son Francis Tresham who was involved in the Gunpowder Plot, not forgetting Charles Dickens, who is said to have written Great Expectations there.
With buildings dating from the 16th century, the decision to extend the facilities at Rushton Hall with a beautiful Orangery wasn’t taken lightly. In fact, it took just over a decade to be approved after going through several planning processes – including getting the green light from Historic England.
We were first approached in 2015 by the client who had hired Pavilion Estates and Malcolm Strangeway Architects. They showed us concept sketches and we were engaged as technical experts, providing advice and project support… and quite a lot of stone!
Maintaining the style of existing buildings was especially important for this project – for such stunning architecture, it was vital to preserve the aesthetic appeal and so we offered a number of limestones to Historic England and the client who eventually decided on our beautiful Clipsham limestone.
As well as supplying the stone, we were able to help by providing detailed technical drawings and also put together a fixing team at the client’s request.
With five stages of construction, this was a complex yet rewarding project requiring a great deal of teamwork and collaboration – and perhaps a little patience! We worked closely with the team on site, making regular visits and co-ordinating the programme of works and deliveries using our own fleet of vehicles.
All bespoke stone work was quarried at our Clipsham quarry and manufactured at our stone processing centre at Helpston, crafted by a team of master stonemasons and facilitated by our state of the art 6 Axis Marchetti CNC machine. .. and our contribution didn’t stop there. We also went on to supply stone flooring, tiles and landscaping products from our ‘At Home’ collection which will shortly be unveiled.
Rushton Hall Hotel is already recognised for its impressive facilities. So when the new Orangery was finally completed and welcomed its first wedding in July 2017, there was a great deal of excitement.
Head of Sales & Marketing at Rushton Hall, Tom Gilbert was enthusiastic about the addition:
“We are already very proud of what Rushton Hall has to offer our guests but the purpose-built Orangery with its latest audio visual system and high speed WiFi means it is ideal for 21st century events. With the input from Historic England The Orangery will keep the feel and grandeur of the original 15th century hall.”
And so it does, as you can see from the photographs.
From start to finish, this exciting project took 18 months. You can see just how it progressed at the time lapse video here.