The Queens Gallery

This project was awarded Highly Commended in the New Build Traditional category at the Natural Stone Awards 2002.

The official guide said, 'The Queens Gallery is the name of what is really eight different areas of new work to an extension to Buckingham Palace.

CWO were the nominated specialist sub-contractors for the detail design, supply, fabrication and installation of Bath stonework and Portland stonework to the ashlar walling, pediments, columns and pilasters, cornices and copings.

The work included the Graphic Art Gallery, built from re-used Portland limestone below a continuous cill course of new Portland stone. Above this, Bath stone is used with four, tall, arched windows with rusticated ashlar and voussoir stone traditionally built with 150mm thick ashlar and 250mm bonder stones with 1 ½ brick thick backing in the same way as the original wall to the Palace.

The Garden Pavilion is built in Bath stone with two fluted columns. A bridge with rusticated radiating joints links the two buildings. A new entrance hall is 20m long and built in rusticated Bath stone ashlar. Two transennae windows are set into the face.

The portico has eight fluted Portland Basebed columns spanned by 3m long stone beams with open pediments above. The cladding around the Portland beams is mottled red/black granite and honed green slate.

The original door entrance has been replaced with much taller Bath stone jambs and head. New entrance steps, paving and balustrade are Portland stone. There is also a stair hall and The Queen's Portland stone-built retiring room.'

The judges commented, 'We were extremely impressed by this traditional and finely detailed new building which now terminates the southern end of the garden terrace. We regret that others are not easily able to see these impressive new garden elevations as we were. Unfortunately some of the small high level detailing was moulded rather than carved. The carving elsewhere on the Gallery, however, was of an exceptional standard.'

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The Queens Gallery using Portland Stone