Bank Facade Works, Manchester City Centre

Bank Facade Works, Manchester City Centre

Facade repairs and restoration, Manchester City Centre Lyons delivered on time and on budget for specialist FM client.  The bank’s façade had suffered deterioration to balusters at the top of the building, ball finial and upper level hood moulds. It’s common in buildings of this period to find spalling, but in some areas the stonework had become unsafe — a real concern since it was high above a busy city centre street in Manchester. Time was of the essence. The bank’s FM contractor called in Lyons to carry out a condition assessment. After producing an MEWP survey, detailed report and proposed schedule of works, in conjunction with the FM company, we were appointed to repair and restore the damaged stonework. Site preparations began. Given the urgency, the team carried out detailed templates so that the stone could be sawn and shaped out in our workshop as quickly as was humanly possible. Of course, ensuring public safety was crucial — especially to protect pedestrians and bank staff on the street below. Once all risks had been assessed and mitigated, the team pulled out all the stops, successfully fixing the new stonework on site and completing other isolated surface repairs — all on time and on budget. Details of Work Included: Detailed masonry condition survey Scheduling and templating for masonry Cutting out of deteriorated masonry Production of new masonry including new balusters, finial and hood mould indents Fixing of new masonry produced Pointing to match existing Isolated surface repairs to building Return to...
Cold Arbor Farm, Macclesfield

Cold Arbor Farm, Macclesfield

COLD Arbor farm, macclesfield one of our largest projects to date, involving masonry works to three dwellings as well as extensive external work.    ONE OF OUR LARGEST PROJECTS TO DATE, INVOLVING MASONRY WORKS TO THREE DWELLINGS AS WELL AS EXTENSIVE EXTERNAL WORK. WHILE WORKING ON A NEARBY SCHEME FOR THE SAME DEVELOPER, LYONS WAS COMMISSIONED TO CARRY OUT REPAIRS TO THIS GRADE II LISTED FARM AND BARN.  Further tasks were added to our work package as the project went on, so that we also provided stoneworks to the adjacent new build house and garages and extra external work to the farm. In the end, we were on site from start to finish and used each of our in-house skillsets on the project, including: groundworkers (underpinning) dry stone wallers (external walling, reandom stone outer walls and isolated rebuilding) fixer masons (stone repairs, new internal stone cills, crack stitching) pointers/restorers (surface repairs and lime pointing) stone cleaners (DOFF cleaning and sealing) banker masons (carving replacement masonry and cutting signage) bricklayers and masons building new outbuilding and garages. A gratifying venture for us, and a happy client. “We have been completely satisfied with the quality, management and conduct of Lyons Stonework, particularly on the listed building where its expertise and knowledge proved invaluable.” “Given the long lead times the industry is currently experiencing, their contacts in sourcing materials cost effectively and promptly helped mitigate cost variations on the listed building.” “We would have no hesitations in using Lyons again or in recommending them for similar work to others.” Nigel Galleymore, Commercial Director, Jones Homes (North West) Ltd.   Details of...
Heversham – Masonry Restoration

Heversham – Masonry Restoration

Heversham Hotel masonry repairs, restoration and alterations to the 17th century heversham hotel  dating back to 1690, the building was originally a vicarage. over the years it became a private house, then the heversham hotel. later it was renamed ‘the blue bell’, after the bell in the bar which came from heversham railway station. finally, after this latest restoration programme it was reinstated as the heversham hotel in 2016. the hotel is owned by samuel smith’s, a brewery with a real passion for the conservation of historic buildings.   Lyons was chosen by the brewery’s architect to carry out the masonry works on this major project which ran from Summer 2015 until September 2016. The project grew in scale significantly, thanks to the many additional issues discovered during the progress of the works. Initially, the incongruous 1960s additions to the building were removed, so that Lyons could set about the structural repairs. A meticulous and lengthy schedule of stonework replacement and restoration followed. New stone was locally sourced and masoned to match the existing features on the building. Each was then skilfully installed, using traditional lime mortars. The results speak for themselves.                           Details of Work Included: Completion of new-build extensions to the property Scheduling and templating for masonry to complete the build Production of new masonry External walling Lime pointing Sympathetic repairs to original building Structural repairs and temporary works Return to...
New build home, Disley

New build home, Disley

New build home, Disley Lyons Stonework were contracted to supply the stone masonry to this exceptional new build home in Disley, Cheshire  Lyons supplied the stone masonry for this superb new build home in Disley, Cheshire, using a fine sandstone. The block was cut at our yard, worked and finished and the more intricate fixing work was undertaken on site. Lyons worked with the client to both value engineer and maximise ease of fixing on the masonry components for the build. The speed of turnaround was key to the client on this project and effective system of calling off was used to ensure that our manufacturing programme linked to client requirements for key delivery dates to site. Details of Work Included: Scheduling for masonry to complete new build. Production of new masonry. Supply of walling stone. Feature arch. Fixing of bay window. Return to...
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...