Nelson, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 23, 2012 -- Natural stonemasonry company, Stone Edge, has completed an expertly crafted replica of the classic building Sandown Hall, which once stood in Wavertree, Liverpool.
The red sandstone Hall, restored for a private client, was dismantled in the 1990s after architects had made detailed drawings so it could be rebuilt.
Although the building materials were stored in a field in Warrington, the pallets rotted over time and some of the stones sunk into the ground. Other parts had been stolen or vandalised.
Using the architects' drawings and the original stonework as a reference, Stone Edge restored the building in a completely new location - Ribble Valley, Lancashire.Stone Edge's stonemasons produced a precise copy of the Hall's stoneworks, including pediment, cornices and four columns with ionic capitals that support the main portico.
Stone Edge also supplied and fixed all external balustrades, paving and entrance piers.
Initially, the idea was to use the original stone but red sandstone looked out of place in Clitheroe.
The end result was a replica made from Crosland Hill sandstone produced by Johnsons Wellfield Quarries, which works much more effectively in the local area.In terms of structure, the Sandown Hall replica is identical to the original hall.The building includes a load bearing stone, 300mm at the plinth, 100mm for the ashlar, and 150mm window reveals. The pediment and cornice use 800mm stones."People don't build like this any more," says Richard Denneny from Stone Edge.
Experts in natural stone masonry and stoneworks
Stone Edge's stonemasons are experts all types of natural stone - including igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.
Igneous stone masonry: One of the hardest stones in natural stone masonry is granite. It requires radically different techniques to sedimentary stones.These types of stoneworks are used for strength and durability reasons - such as kerbstones and flooring.
Igneous stones more generally range from soft rocks such as pumice to harder rocks such as tuff and hard rocks like granite.
Metamorphic: stone masonry Marble is traditionally used in stoneworks for carving statues, and for buildings through the centuries.Slate is popular choice in stoneworks for memorials and inscriptions as well as a popular roofing material.
Sedimentary stone masonry: Many of the world's most famous buildings have been built of sedimentary stone, from Durham Cathedral to St Peter's in Rome.
There are two main types of sedimentary stone used in masonry work, limestones and sandstones. Examples of limestones include Bath and Portland stone. Yorkstone and Sydney sandstone are well-known sandstones.
Stone Edge's passion for natural stone masonry
With a passion for social history, Stone Edge treats its historic building conservation and stone restoration projects with the respect and precious approach that they truly deserve.
Stone Edge delivers a comprehensive range of conservation building repairs services and natural stone masonry tailored to meet the needs of both public and private sector clients across the UK.
As a major stonemasons contractor, the services include stone cleaning, stone repairs, building restoration, conservation and general stone masonry.
The company's aim is simple - to provide a finished structure befitting of those who gave their service and passion to create it.