Commendation in Repair and Restoration category (Natural Stone Awards 2006), Winner in the Landscaping category (Natural Stone Awards 2008), RICS project of the year for Tercentenary project (2009)
Sir Christopher Wren
Portland Basebed & Whitbed
Scope of Project:
External Ornate Stonework and Restoration
St Paul's Cathedral is Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece, built in glowing Portland Stone, crowned by the magnificent dome, a famous landmark on the skyline of the City of London situated at the top of Ludgate Hill in the City of London. A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD.
This programme saw St Paul's repaired and cleaned inside and out, with greatly improved provision for those with disabilities and an enhanced visitor experience through the provision of new exhibition and interpretation galleries. Albion Stone regularly supply Portland Stone to the Masons at St Paul's Cathedral for maintenance and repairs; on this occasion Albion supplied Portland Jordans Basebed and Whitbed for the South Churchyard Improvements.
On the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul's, the Cathedral embarked on an historic £40 million restoration campaign to mark the anniversary and to prepare the Cathedral for its next three hundred years. Significant emphasis was placed on cleaning the interior and exterior of the building, which has transformed the cathedral. The work on the external stonework has conserved the landmark. During the works new methods for cleaning the stonework were established, while an innovative hanging and rotating scaffolding was developed to support works to the interior of the dome and tambour.