Stowe House

Buckinghamshire, UK

Awards:
Highly Commended in the Repair and Restorations category (Natural Stone Awards, 2006), RIBA Award, RIBA Crown Estate Conservation Award (Shortlisted). British Construction Industry Award, RICS South East Building Conservation Award (Shortlisted), RICS Conservation Award
Architect/Designer:
Purcell Miller Tritton
Client:
The Stowe House Preservation Trust
Main Contractor:
Linford Bridgeman
Completion Date:
1997
Portland Stone:
Independent Whitbed
Scope of Project:
Paving to restoration project

Stowe House is a major work of architecture on an immense and palatial scale which has inspired and contains the work of a number of leading 18th century designers including Vanbrugh, Adam, Gibbs, Kent and Soane.  

The Stowe House Preservation Trust was established in 1997 to restore and preserve it for the benefit of the public and the nation.   No major restoration or renovation had been carried out at Stowe since the 1860s.

Albion Stone supplied a total of 100 square metres of Portland Independent Whitbed stone slabs, sawn six sides for paving, to Linford Bridgeman.

The majority of the south front of the central mansion is built using local limestones which are no longer available.   Some replacement stonework involved intricate carving, especially column capitals, and a banker shop was set up on site so that masons could reference surviving stonework.

Phase 2 involved completing external repairs to the central mansion, reinstating historic roofs and repairing and conserving stonework and render of the elevations.   The project also restored the magnificent elliptical Marble Saloon with its fine plaster domed ceiling.