Guildhall restoration wins Natural Stone Award

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The Guildhall’s £9.5 million restoration project which was completed in May 2013 has won the ‘Natural Stone Award for Repair and Restoration’.

In the winning citation the national Awards said that the ‘project epitomises successful conservation work’ and that the ‘building has emerged in a safe and secure condition to ensure its wellbeing well into the future’.

The restoration was a huge project and involved essential external and internal restoration as well as works to make the building the key arrival and orientation hub for visitors to the city and further enhancing its role as the focal point and heart of city life.

The awards body also stated that ‘one significant challenge, as in many restoration projects, was that the original source stones were no longer available. Research had to be taken to ascertain the most suitable alternatives for both the ashlar and block-rubble indents’.

It continued, ‘Care was taken to ensure the replacement stones were compatible with the original materials in appearance, function, weathering characteristics and durability. There was also particular attention to detail to the smaller individual indent pieces where careful tight jointing was adopted’.

The architect for the project was John Savage & Bronagh Lynch, Consarc Conservation, while the principal stone contractor was S McConnell & Sons Ltd. The main contractor was H & J Martin Ltd.

Stones used included Peak Moor sandstone, Corsehill sandstone and Cove sandstone.