RICS Award Win for St Paul’s Cathedral Equal Access ProjectStonewest News
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We are delighted that the St Paul’s Cathedral Equal Access Project has won the Heritage Award for the London region at the 2022 RICS Awards. Caroe Architecture’s award-winning design provides step free access into the Cathedral via a symmetrical set of ramps around the North Transept entrance to the Cathedral. Whilst the ramps are a permanent feature, the structure is reversible in that it floats over the original entrance stamps, therefore maintaining the Cathedral’s important conservation value.
Stonewest is proud to have been selected as Principal and Specialist Contractor on the project. We contributed from a heritage perspective by completing the design and constructing the ramps, steps, including the handrails and lighting. The project was designed to a standard comparable with the huge public responsibility of adapting one of the most significant historic buildings in the UK. Research and procurement of appropriate materials was undertaken by the Stonewest team. Portland Stone was selected for the walls, Chinese granite for the ramps and Italian manufactured aluminium bronze for the handrails.
Whilst undertaking the excavation works to facilitate new foundation and drainage works, our team discovered an ancient culvert which required extensive consultation and co-ordination with a number of archaeological consenting bodies.
All category winners go through to the National 2022 RICS Awards Grand Final, scheduled to take place in October.
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