Clipsham limestone for King’s College

October 02, 2017   |   By

Whenever we embark on a new contract with a client, we sometimes find that the brief throws up a challenge or two.

kings college stamford stone

We recently returned to Cambridge after being asked by the University to provide our Clipsham limestone for the renovation of the famous gatehouse entrance to King’s College.

Our task was to turn a window into a doorway in the old porter’s lodge, which is now used as offices. To do this we created a replica of an existing ornately-moulded, Tudor-style doorway to the lodge, and installed it a few metres away from the original.

kings college stamford stone working at night

However, because the college is such a hub for tourism, and the gatehouse is used as the main entrance from King’s Parade, our fixers couldn’t install the doorway during the day because of the potential disruption it would cause.

Not one to back away from a challenge, our team of fixers from Muxlow & Son returned to the college at 2am under the cover of darkness, when all was closed, to complete the installation.

This involved fitting the extremely heavy stone frame into the wall, while supporting the gatehouse’s impressive vaulted ceiling.

kings-college-stamford stone finished doorway

It was hard work, but our star team rose to the challenge. We’re more than happy to go that extra mile, and it’s always worth it to see the finished result.