After a competitive tender, Hibbitt Masonry was pleased to be assigned to work with the PCC and award-winning architectural practice, The Michael Dales Partnership.
The external tracery, arch and label mould, having been poorly repaired in the 1950’s with cement render, was falling away and putting the upper half of the window in danger of collapse.
Our brief was to renew the external stonework, leaving the internal stone and stained glass in place. This was a very delicate operation and a team effort which utilised all of our in-house craftsmen’s skills and experience.

Once the tracery had been cut back to glass line, the shape was traced by hand, this was then digitised so that the templates could be drawn on AutoCAD, ensuring an accurate fit to the internal stonework whilst keeping the flowing lines of the original design. This was a real use of modern techniques with traditional crafts.  Due to movement over the years, it turned out that no two pieces were the same!
Following cutting and carving of the new stonework, in our workshop in Cambridge, the tracery was carefully fitted & pinned back to the remaining internal half with stainless steel rods. The new arch and label mould completed the project.

The striking result is a source of pride for our team and leaves the window in a very much improved state for the future.

 

To watch the time lapse video of the window renovation, please click HERE

 

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