Tracery Repairs, St James’ Church, Brindle

Tracery Repairs, St James’ Church, Brindle

Tracery window repairs, St James' Church, Brindle Lyons Stonework undertook a programme of repairs and replacement to tracery windows at St James' Church, Brindle    A Grade II designated church in the Diocese of Blackburn, St James’ Church dates back to the 12th Century, with addition of the present tower in Perpendicular style around 1500. The nave, including the windows restored as part of our works was originally built in 1817.  The south side of the nave has three large arched windows, being the focus of the programme of work having suffered fracturing of the stone from corrosion of Iron pins over the years. Our repair works proceeded concurrently with restoration of the stained glass.      Brought in by conservation architects Equilibrium, Lyons worked through the process of matching the stone, condition assessments, planning the works, templating and scheduling the stone, cutting and shaping the stone before refixing the stone on site. A local gritstone was sourced to match existing masonry and taken in 5 tonne blocks to Lyons’ yard at Ramsbottom. The masons set out the templates in the workshop to make final measurements before sending through cutting lists to the saw shop for cutting of the block to sawn six sides pieces. The banker masons then using section and face templates set to work further cutting and shaping the tracery by hand. The finished masonry was sent to site where the fixer masons installed the new masonry. The process was fully completed in house without use of any external contractors. “I was lucky enough this week to see the sun shining through all three stained...
Rochdale Cemetery Entrance arch and walls

Rochdale Cemetery Entrance arch and walls

Rochdale Cemetery Sandstone entrance arch & walls Lyons was chosen by contractor NAB of Oldham to work on the Grade II-listed principal entrance and West lodge.  In the 1850s, new legislation allowed local councils to create municipal cemeteries. Rochdale, whose existing 14 burial grounds were ‘loathsome’ or nearly filled (according to the Pilot & Rochdale Report) was quick to act. With a site already secured, a competition was held for the design of a cemetery — with a princely first prize of £20 for the winner. Interestingly, 15 of the original Rochdale Pioneers (who started the now global co-operative movement) are buried here. Rochdale Cemetery opened to a fanfare in 1855, and today the land is registered under Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage. A series of pillars, each of different stone and engraved as such, mark the boundary between consecrated and unconsecrated ground. As part of a 10-month architectural restoration project by Rochdale Council, Lyons was chosen by contractor NAB of Oldham to work on the Grade II-listed principal entrance and West lodge. The central carriage entrance, with large stone arch below a stepped parapet, sits between octagonal buttresses flanked by arched pedestrian gateways. East and west of the entrance and its original cast iron gates are stone lodges. Details of Work Included: Over a four-week period, we cleaned and repointed the stone, repaired the cracked finials of the sandstone entrance, and repointed the West Lodge. The structure was cleaned using DOFF, a low pressure, super heated, non-chemical water method, before being repointed with lime...
Private House, Liverpool

Private House, Liverpool

1860's Private House in Aigburth, Liverpool delfield was designed by a local architect and built as his family home.  The architect, Francis usher holme, was clearly a man of some standing. Stone for this family home was quarried in the grounds, creating a dramatic sunken garden. The estate was walled to all sides, with exemplary stone features which added to the feel of quality and taste. Francis’ practice was also responsible for Liverpool’s County Sessions House and the building which now houses the famous Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney.   Earlier this century, with the house still in private ownership, a project was begun to extend it significantly. Part way through, work had come to a halt. The client’s QS, who had worked with Lyons previously, asked us to correct some issues left by the previous contractor and to take the masonry element of the project through to completion. In the end, this was a major scheme, drawing on most of our in-house skills. Lyons built the new extensions, carried out external walling and steps, and performed substantial repairs to the original house. Details of Work Included: Completion of new-build extensions to the property. Scheduling and templating for masonry to complete new build. Production of new masonry. External garden walling. Feature arch. Sympathetic repairs to original building. Templating, production and site fixing of replacement stonework to original house. Lime pointing and repairs to boundary walls. New entrance piers. Main external steps to the property. Return to...
Bank facade repair and restoration

Bank facade repair and restoration

Lloyds Bank Facade, Repairs & Restoration We were asked to carry out a survey on the façade of this branch of Lloyds Bank, following health and safety concerns caused by falling masonry.  Having produced a detailed report, we did some temporary works to make the building safe by removing loose stonework before developing a repair specification with the FM companies, Worksolv and Mitie. The scope and methodology were agreed with the structural engineer and all stonework repairs were completed during an 8-week contract. Keep public access to the bank throughout the operation meant rigorous health and safety precautions. All scaffolding was sheeted and double-planked to avoid debris falling on the public — even then, an operative continued to sweep the payment below to ensure there were no trip hazards. Finally, we used tool dust extraction and a silent generator to reduce the nuisance potential to the public and employees. Details of Work Included: Removal of former plastic repairs. Cutting out of heavily decayed masonry where structurally unsound. Lithomex restoration of structurally good masonry to replicate detailing. Elements of rebuilding adding stainless steel doweling and dog cramps. Templating and production of replacement masonry at our workshop. Site fixing of replacement masonry. Lloyds Blackpool Facade Return to Projects View Other Recent Work Glossop Library, DerbyshireJuly 11, 2018 St Anne’s Church, SaleMay 14, 2018 Bank Facade Works, Manchester City CentreNovember 7, 2017 Cold Arbor Farm, MacclesfieldNovember 7, 2017 Heversham – Masonry RestorationJuly 6, 2017 New build home, DisleyJuly 4, 2017 Tracery Repairs, St James’ Church, BrindleJuly 4, 2017 Shepley Bridge Repair & Re-build, TamesideJune 30, 2017 Rochdale Cemetery Entrance arch and...
St. Barnabas Church, Heapey

St. Barnabas Church, Heapey

St. Barnabas Church, Heapey Lyons Stonework, were approached to repair and restore the Rose window in the parish church of St Barnabas, Heapey.  The church of St. Barnabas was first built in 1552, rebuilt in 1740 and enlarged in 1829 and 1867 and restored in 1876 and 1898. The church consists of chancel, nave and transepts and is a Grade II Listed building. Work of this sensitive nature is carried out onsite and in our banker shop.  Once a stone match to the original stone and templates have been acquired, our skilled banker masons work to sympathetically recreate the original window and restore it to its former beauty. The property was significantly extended, and we ensured that the correct stone and architectural masonry was employed. Details of Work Included: Completion of new inset into the rose window. Scheduling and templating for masonry to complete the inner part of the window. Production of new masonry. Feature carvings within the window masonry. Sympathetic Repairs to original building Lime pointing and repairs to surrounding stone masonry. Steel dowelling to hold the inner rose into place. Return to...