Private Chapel - Cotswolds - August 30, 2017
Architectural Stone were commissioned to supply, produce and construct all of the required stone work to this magnificent Private Chapel on an exclusive estate in the Cotswolds. Working closely with world-renowned, award-winning Architect Craig Hamilton, the structure was of traditional style and is fabricated with load-bearing masonry and solid natural stone walls.
Architectural Stone over-saw the expert production of all materials, utilising their modern masonry production-unit in Cardiff and combining the specialist craftsmanship of highly-skilled Banker Masons with state-of-the-art technical CNC machinery.
The completed construction incorporates three main selectively-sourced, natural limestones; Bath, Portland, and Kilkenny complimented with Statutory White Marble.
The external structure consists of a grand entrance way with ornate carvings decorating either side along with four load-bearing Diocletian windows to either flank of the chapel, adorned with a large projecting cornice. The rear of the chapel accommodates a natural stone curved structure to hold the dome lead roof and enclose the sanctuary.
Internally there is a large Narthex Arch with ornate carvings and an even grander Chancel Arch with sumptuous, deeply-carved grape & vine friezes spanning over a very elaborate alter, Ciborium and Sanctus area with a host of specialist in-laid and tracery marble adornments. Beautiful Kilkenny limestone columns 3.5 meters in height with large concave Kilkenny recessed sections house a range of marble and bronze statues and figurines. A magnificent flooring of inlaid Portland and Kilkenny panels enhances the majesty of the dignified and respectful ambiance of this unique, private, family chapel.
The technical construction included many modern and traditional stonemasonry techniques in erection of the super structure as well as during the installation of these fascinating, technically complex, internal elements.
This exquisite project demonstrated Architectural Stone’s project-management ability as well as show-casing our exceptionally high-quality skills from our excellent and experienced banker-masonry and fixing teams.
The building period concluded in February 2017 to an exceptional standard surpassing the client’s demanding and challenging expectations.