Ashridge Management College

This project was awarded Commended in the Craftsmanship category at the Natural Stone Awards 2010.

The official guide said, 'The most challenging task to overcome on this project was the rebuilding of the façade ashlar from the roof line. The fact that the original ashlar across the elevation was set on a curve had to be taken into account. In the centre it had a 60mm variation with the sides.

The contractor had to make sure that the first floor cill course was fixed in exactly the correct position to receive the new oak frames. This was critical because the frames had to be fixed in the same position, which abut the interior wood panelling.

Once the parapet and string were removed from the Library Annex, the outer masonry had to be delicately removed back to the glass line, taking into account there was less than 200mm of original internal pier supporting each arch.

The contractors had to remove and rebuild alternate half sole piers and buttresses to give as much support to the roof above as possible.'

The judges commented, 'The mason has painstakingly removed the original bosses, mouldings and balusters, measured them and replicated them with new stone from the original quarry. The work is sharp, defined and extremely well executed down to the smallest detail. The carvings are mounted on the refurbished screen with care. The standard of craftsmanship is exceptionally high and the contractor should be congratulated for demonstrating that the craft of masonry is alive and well.'

Ashridge Management College using Portland Stone