College wins award for stone restoration

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RESTORATION work at a business school has bagged a national award.

Stonework to the Old Library frontage at Ashridge Business School was repaired and replaced two years ago.

It was highly commended in the 2010 Natural Stone Awards.

Renowned as one of the country’s best examples of gothic revival architecture in the early 19th century, the Grade I listed building was designed by James Watt, a famous architect of the time.

It replaced the original house, which was once a 13th century monastery owned by King Henry VIII.

Estate manager Mick Thompson said: “The work made a dramatic improvement to the building. The external facade of Ashridge is clad in clunch stone, a soft limestone from a local quarry, which we were able to match like for like.”

Boden and Ward, the stonemasons, removed the existing stone back to the main structure and replaced it with new matching stone.