Rushton Hall dates from the 16th century, but when it added a new £7 million orangery planning permission took over a decade to secure, along with the green light from Historic England.
A critical element was the stone to be used and architectural masonry specialists Stamford Stone provided all technical support after Pavilion Estates and Malcolm Strangeway Architects were appointed to create the new orangery. Several types of limestones were considered, but Historic England and Rushton Hall specified Clipsham limestone from Stamford Stone’s own quarries in Lincolnshire.
Large scale working drawings of the various elevations were created by Stamford Stone including sections through the many courses; reportedly providing essential references for the production, joints, bonding and special fixings needed for the stone, plus showing how the limestone piers would safely carry the structural weight of the stone without the need for secondary steel reinforcing.
The quarried ‘Clipsham’ limestone went through Stamford Stone’s own processing centre at Helpston, and over an 18-month period, they worked closely with the on site team, making regular visits to co ordinate the programme of works, ensuring the correct alignment of each individual stone to exacting millimetre perfect tolerances.
Stamford Stone also supplied stone flooring, tiles and landscaping products from their ‘At Home’ portfolio.