A key requirement for the large extension at the prestigious and historic hotel, which dates back to 1883, was the aesthetics of the building and its architectural style remaining true to the original building.
Aggregate Industries Traditional walling range was specified by Peter Smart Architects based on its ability to create one seamless development, whilst retaining the intended visual appearance and harmony of the original house.
“Aggregate Industries Traditional walling has a squared and lightly dressed finish which is created by moulds, cast directly from hand dressed natural stone masters and has long been specified as an alternative to natural stone in many regions,” explains Mark Barter, Commercial Manager at Aggregate Industries Structural Solutions division.
“The Southwold shade selected for this project has been specifically blended using colouring pigments to faithfully reproduce the original naturally weathered stone appearance of the stone used on the hotel,” he continued.
As an alternative to natural stone, the Aggregate Industries reconstructed stone walling block is aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to its natural surroundings, as well as being a strong, durable and very cost effective solution. It is produced at a fraction of the cost of natural stone and produces less waste.
As well as reconstructed stone walling, Aggregate Industries complete service solution meant they also supplied purpose-made cast stone architectural dressings for the window surrounds, door surrounds and corbels for the extensions. These were cast in the Ashton Buff shade and recreated not only the appearance of the original neo-Jacobean style, but also reflected the workmanship and finish of a first class hotel.
“The innovative use of these precast architectural features allowed the faithful recreation of the old patterns of the surrounds, at a fraction of the cost and time that would have been needed had traditional stone masonry methods been employed,” commented Colin Baker, Project Director, Longley.
Structural Solutions is a division of Aggregate Industries and supplies reconstructed stone and architectural masonry solutions to the housebuilding industry. All its products are manufactured in ISO14001 factories in the UK that minimise the impact of the production process on the environment.