St Andrews, William Wake House

Case Study

Client: St Andrews Property Management
Architect: Oxford Architects
Structural Engineer: Scott White & Hookins
Principal Contractor: GB Building Solutions
Specialist Contractor: Stonewest
Services Provided: New Build Masonry

Project Overview

Designed by George Wallet in 1835, William Wake House is a purpose-built hospital unit for St Andrew’s Healthcare.  It is thought to be the largest classical new building in Britain for over 50 years.  The sustainable eight ward, 132 bed mental health hospital is situated in private grounds and provides facilities which aid treatment and rehabilitation, whilst offering an appropriate level of security.  The external walls are in stucco and stone with a slate roof. Interior courtyards are designed with simplified classical detailing in two colours of brick.

The project combined procurement and design of the traditional Bath stone and neo-classical architecture with modern construction techniques.  Stringent quality assurance controls were applied to achieve construction tolerances in the stonework façade.

Key Successes

  • Initial involvement with the project architects to develop the design and submit stone samples for approval and control.
  • CAD drawings and cutting sheets for stone manufacture.
  • Manufacture and fixing of Stoke Ground Base bed.
  • Moulded cornices and pediments.
  • Window and door surrounds.
  • Rusticated ashlars and plinths.
  • Pre-cast stone to inner courtyards matching the natural stone detailing.

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