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Jesus College is transformed by a Lincolnshire limestone supplier

A building at University of Cambridge has been given a fresh new look thanks to Stamford Stone

Posted by Lucinda Reid | June 17, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

A prestigious college building in Cambridge has been given a fresh new look thanks to stone from the famous Lincolnshire limestone belt.

One of the UK’s leading limestone suppliers, Stamford Stone, was chosen to work on the extensive redevelopment of West Court at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, which includes a state-of-the-art, multi-functional auditorium, offices, social spaces, and student and visitor accommodation.

The company’s stone has been used on the exterior walls, with a natural, rock-like finish that contrasts with the building’s smooth ashlar brickwork. More than 200 metres of weathered coping stones have been supplied throughout the main building and café terrace.

A dramatic stone staircase has been built inside, also with rock-like edges. Fascia panels have been installed above the entrance featuring the college’s crest, and hand carved by the company’s masons.

Stamford Stone, which is based near Stamford in Lincolnshire, worked closely with contractors Cocksedge and Niall McCloughlin Architects on the six-month project.

The company was heavily involved in the design process at West Court, which sits amongst listed buildings in the grounds of Jesus College. The challenge was to create an impressive and modern building that complements its traditional surroundings.

Director Dan Wilson said: “We are delighted to have worked on the redevelopment of one of the best universities in the world. Stone from our quarries has been used extensively in Cambridge and it’s wonderful to see it used once again at Jesus College.”

Laura Green, Director of Marketing, said: “This is one of the first projects where we’ve been involved in the design as well as providing the materials. It was important to preserve the integrity of the building while bringing it up to date. It’s been fantastic to see it through from start to finish.”

The stone supplied for the development came from Clipsham Medwell and Greetham quarries, which Stamford Stone owns along with its headquarters at Swaddywell Quarry.

The same stone has been used at Windsor Castle, York Minster and many buildings in the Oxford and Cambridge areas.

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