Memorial Gates at Constitutional Hill

This project was awarded Commended in the Craftsmanship category at the Natural Stone Awards 2002.

The official guide said, 'Constructed to commemorate the Commonwealth Victoria and George Cross holders from World War One and Two, as well as all the five million volunteers from India, Africa and the Caribbean who fought with Britain in the wars. These gates gates between Buckingham palace and Green Park, near Wellington Arch.

The gates consist of a square space defined by four, 8m high Portland limestone piers with bronze urns on top. The names of the Commonwealth countries are carved on to the piers.

The road is paved with large, red granite sets from India, laid in a radiating fan pattern. There is a hexagonal, domed Portland stone pavilion to one side, setting up a cross axis between the piers, with Portland stone plinths and paving. The names of the Commonwealth holders of the Victoria and George Crosses have been cast in bronze and set out in the pavilion dome.

The piers and pavilion have an intricate lighting scheme installed, specially designed with bronze castings for this project.'

The judges commented, 'Throughout this mammoth task, the quality of craftsmanship and letter-cutting is of the highest standard.'

Constitutional Hill using Portland Stone built by Albion Stone