Haddonstone is the ideal solution for the restoration and replacement of stone that’s been damaged by exposure or neglect, and for the extension of original stonework features.
Produced with meticulous attention to detail, our replica stonework is made by our skilled team in our mould making facilities both in the UK and the USA. Cast stone is more durable and a denser, more consistent material than many natural stones and can therefore be preferable for projects where weathering or erosion may be an issue. It is also a very cost-effective alternative to natural stone because we can manufacture multiple components in the same design, from a single mould.
Working closely with architects and contractors, many of our standard designs have been replicated from damaged originals at impressive buildings and landscapes around the world. We’ve supplied stonework for a number of different projects, including National Trust properties, hotels, private residences, spas and listed buildings.
Regardless of style or age, we can work with you to bring any structure back to life. Whether the restoration work required is structural or purely cosmetic, we can supply the high specification stonework necessary.
Our experienced technical department works closely with our clients on each project to gain an understanding of its requirements, and then use the latest in 3-D technology as well as more traditional methods to create exact replicas of original components. Our Architectural Sales representatives can even carry out 3-D scanning onsite, to ensure exact measurements are taken.
We are able to support your project from the initial site survey and by providing you with first-class drawings.
Haddonstone was asked to carry out replacement work on the ornate carved sandstone parapet at this Grade I listed National Trust property.
Waddesdon Manor was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898). It is one of the National Trust’s most visited properties and it won Visit England’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category in 2017. The property is still owned by the Rothschild family.
In order to restore the eroded parapet, our skilled team visited the site and applied a silicone rubber that allowed them to take impressions of the damaged parapet in situ. This enabled them to obtain a highly detailed imprint of its intricate detailing. Using the impressions taken onsite, our studio and pattern making team were able to produce plaster models of the parapet, which were then built up and re-carved to recreate the intricacy of the original designs, before the production moulds were created.
Finally, the new Haddonstone pieces were cast from these moulds using Haddonstone, our semi-dry cast limestone material, and in a bespoke colour to ensure an exact match.
This decorative and bespoke replacement pier cap was created for a private residence after a collision with a delivery vehicle. The client’s entranceway displays two matching pier caps and they were therefore keen to replace the damaged pier cap.
Haddonstone was approached to create a replica of the remaining pier cap in December 2017. Our skilled team visited the site to obtain full details from the remaining pier cap. This enabled our team to obtain a perfect copy of the unique design and therefore to produce a perfect replica of the squirrel back at the Haddonstone manufactory. Our studio and pattern making team then created a wooden and resin mould in order to replicate the damaged pier cap. The replacement pier cap was manufactured in TecStone, our wet-cast limestone material, because it is a high specification wet-cast limestone that provides a smooth finish and does not weather quickly. A special colour was created to ensure the replacement pier cap matched the remaining one.
Lifting sockets were attached to a reinforcement cage in the large sections of the pier cap. This ensured the pier cap could be lifted back into position easily by the installer, and great care was taken to ensure these were not visible once the installation was complete. To enable the contractor to continue with the construction of the brick piers, we also provided a template of the underside of the pier string. The replacement pier cap design was completed in May 2018.
Coworth House is a country house dating back to 1776, set in 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland. In 2008, the house was purchased by the Dorchester Collection Hotel Group, with the intention of turning Coworth House into a luxury hotel and spa.
Haddonstone was approached by the contractor, Galliford Try, to supply architectural stonework for a large-scale renovation of the hotel. The façade of the original manor house was the only aspect of the original building that was retained, and this formed the heart of a major restoration and extension project. We supplied all of the architectural stonework for the project, which included a bespoke portico, components for the extension, new build aspects and landscaping elements including balustrading.
To ensure we could replicate the authenticity of the existing stone details, our team took mouldings of the original stonework in order to match the profiles of this historic property. The core structure was then partly demolished and subsequently rebuilt. Using the mouldings taken onsite, our team created models that were further enhanced in our studio, ensuring that they faithfully represented the original designs. The final moulds for casting the stonework were then created.
The architectural components were all produced in Portland colour, and in TecStone material to guarantee a smooth finish and to minimise weathering.
Haddonstone was invited by Stoke Park Club, a prestigious hotel and country club in Buckinghamshire, to restore their historic double-tiered fountain. Stoke Park was opened as a country club in 1908. The park’s golf course is listed as one of the top 100 courses in the world and is set in 350 acres of formal landscaped grounds that were originally designed by Humphry Repton.
The original fountain featured an ornate design which comprised six dolphins on the lower tier and one on the upper level. The dolphins support two bowls with bold gadrooning around the base and egg and dart detailing on the rim. The fountain was originally commissioned by Wilberforce Bryant, the owner of the estate from 1887 to 1906.
Our craftsmen created an exact replica of the ornate design, by taking impressions of the existing stonework, which helped them to create the plaster models that were necessary to produce the moulds for the final stonework to be cast. These were then re-carved and enhanced to recreate the intricacy of the original designs, before being used to produce the master production moulds. We also produced a number of large bespoke urns with intricate fruit and vine detailing as part of the project.
Hertford King of Stoke Park Club said: “We used Haddonstone because we have bought pieces from them for decades and have always had good experiences with regards to quality and durability”.
The fountain was produced in our Bath colour and in TecStone, our wet-cast limestone material, because it is a high specification wet-cast limestone that provides a smooth finish and does not weather quickly.
Haddonstone was commissioned by Scarborough Borough Council in 2005 to replace Scarborough Spa’s existing stone parapet, which was badly eroded after years of damage by the North Sea. Built in the 19th century, Scarborough Spa is a Grade II* listed building which is now predominantly used for conferences, exhibitions and events. The restoration work was part of a wider project to restore the building to its former splendour.
Our highly-skilled team visited Scarborough Spa and used a range of techniques, including applying a silicone rubber to the damaged parapet and taking impressions from the best remaining examples of the existing parapet in situ, in order to obtain a highly detailed imprint of its intricate detailing.
Using the impression taken onsite, our studio and pattern making team were able to produce plaster models of the parapet, which were then built up and re-carved to recreate the intricacy of the original designs, before further production moulds were created. Finally, the new Haddonstone pieces were cast from these moulds using Haddonstone, our semi-dry cast limestone material, and in Bath colour.
As a result of the project, Haddonstone was presented with the prestigious Gold Award (Building Materials) for Environmental Practices and Sustainable Development. The International Green Apple Awards are presented by the Green Organisation to those who set the standard in environmental practice and sustainable development.
Leazes Park is the largest public park in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, located next to Newcastle United Football Club. With a long history dating back to 1873, the park was in desperate need of refurbishment after over 100 years of public use.
In 2001 the Leazes Park Restoration Project were awarded £4.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Bid and Newcastle Council to restore the park to as close to the original design as possible.
The refurbishment was extensive and Haddonstone was approached to recreate the urns and statues that stood in the park during its first few decades. This presented a challenge as only one surviving urn and a number of Victorian postcards were available to work from. With such limited resources, our highly-skilled studio team produced small models (maquettes) to ensure the correct detailing and scale before embarking on producing full size models that were hand carved from scratch. The team were then able to create the necessary moulds that were used to cast the significant designs. All of the designs were produced using TecStone, our wet-cast limestone material, and in Bath colour.
Haddonstone also produced additional designs for the project which included a pair of imposing reclining lions weighing 1000kg each, six one metre tall classical urns with elaborate acanthus leaf decoration and a pair of elegant statues standing representing music and poetry.
Haddonstone was approached to replicate the triple tiered fountain in the Cloister Court of Eton College, the world-famous public school in Berkshire. The Cloister Court area dates back to the mid fifteenth century, just ten years after the school was founded by Henry VI in 1440.
The original fountain was significantly leaking and although it had been repaired with lead and other sealants numerous times, the school decided that it was necessary to create a replica.
Our team carefully transported the fountain to our manufactory in Northamptonshire for the mouldings to be cast, however they unfortunately discovered that the original stonework had eroded so much, that very little of the original stone remained for them to take the impressions needed to create the replica. As a result, our experienced team carved the design from scratch using the original design and various other historical references. This resulted in a precise replica of the fountain.
The new fountain stands proudly in place at Eton College and has now become an iconic design in Haddonstone’s standard collection. The Eton College Fountain first launched at Haddonstone’s exhibit at the 1993 Chelsea Flower Show and is a key attraction at our Show Gardens in Northamptonshire.
The Eton College Fountain was produced in Bath colour, and in Haddonstone, our semi-dry cast limestone material.
Haddonstone was commissioned to replace the balusters at Albert Court, adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall in London. The original balustrading had significantly deteriorated and was replaced with almost identical cast stone balusters and under-copings, plinth course and rail. The balusters were supplied with stainless steel dowels for the installation of the rails and plinths.
The balusters were produced in Portland colour, and in Haddonstone, our semi-dry cast limestone material. The components were subsequently painted.
Haddonstone was commissioned to restore the badly eroded original balusters and terracotta railing that sit above the gold embossed arches bookmarking the entrances to Sicilian Avenue (the balusters which form the parapet of the four turrets along the avenue itself). The Grade II pedestrian shopping parade in Bloomsbury, London was designed in 1906 in a monumental Edwardian style, using Italian marble, Terracotta, Ionic colonnades and turrets.
Our wet-cast limestone material, TecStone, was used in Ivory Limestone colour as this was a perfect match for the original stonework and the contractors were able to seamlessly cut in stone into the original material.
We also supplied a ‘stock’ of balusters for future repairs, therefore reducing the overall cost for the building management.
Whether you’re working on a private residential or large commercial project, or if you are interested in home and garden products, our friendly and expert team are happy to discuss your requirements.