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Medusa Stonemasonry

"Architecture starts when you
carefully put two stones together.
There is starts."

Ludwig Miles Van De Roke

Showcase

London Bridge

This exciting new bridge required natural York stone treads and paving. We designed, supplied and installed the staircase, the treads being in single stones with Stainless steel inserts.

Acknowledgements

Client:

City of London

Architect:

Bere

Engineer:

Capita

Principal Contractor:

Macklays Ltd



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Jedda Airport

We were asked by Areen to look at the paving layouts to the main Airport arrivals and departure zones to resolve conflicts in the paving design. We redrew elements to illustrate the solution so MGI could continue with shop drawings of the vast and complicated design. We were also instructed to define and organise the Control and Movement package providers, organise the manufacturers for presentation to allow Areen to appoint.

Acknowledgements

Client:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Architect:

Areen Design Services

Engineer:

Arup New York

Principal Contractor:

Binladin Group



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Exeter Business School

BAM south west asked Medusa to act as Principal Contractor to manage the recladding of the Business school. We instructed Porcelanosa Ltd to carry out the works with Medusa staff carrying out the enabling works ahead of the new cladding. The whole building was completed on programme, the school being open through most of the works.

Acknowledgements

Client:

Exeter University

Architect:

HLM

Engineer:

Hoare Lea

Principal Contractor:

Medusa Stonemasonry Limited

Project Managers:

Medusa Stonemasonry Limited



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Oxis Phase III

Medusa has been working with the Professional Team during late 2011 to compile the stone requirements for this phase. A Main Contractor should be appointed by the end of February 2012 with the works running through to the end of December 2012. Medusa is currently cutting material for this phase including the four main staircases, 1,600m² of flooring and ornate limestone mouldings and arch cladding for the Great Hall.

Acknowledgements

Client:

Oxcis Ltd

Architect:

Blampied

Engineer:

Campbell Reith

Principal Contractor:

Kingerlee Ltd

Project Managers:

Sweett Group



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Oxis Phase II

The Phase II range of works included the Prayer Hall dome tuck pointing, four colour marble wall panelling, the Mihrab from Statuary White marble, ornate floor patterns, granite counters, the Turkish Courtyard and Fountain and staircases 6,7 and 10. Phase II of the project was instructed in October 2010 with new Main Contractor Mivan Ltd, starting M&E and hard plastering through to Medusa starting installation in February 2011. The Phase was completed towards the end of the year with Medusa then starting a minor works section direct to the Client through to February 2012.

Acknowledgements

Client:

Oxcis Ltd

Architect:

Blampied

Engineer:

Campbell Reith
Burro Happold

Principal Contractor:

Mivan Ltd

Project Managers:

Sweett Group



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Oxcis Phase I

Medusa was appointed principle stone contractors in October 2008. The project will use over 12,000 square metres of internal and external flooring at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. The flooring comprises heavily patterned areas in traditional Islamic style, using a variety of finishes in marble, granite and limestone. The chosen stones are from the Republic of Yemen and Medusa’s role includes Consultancy, Design, Supply and Installation, including the manufacturing of finished stone in Yemen.

Acknowledgements

Client:

OCIS Ltd

Architects:

Blampied & Partners (London)

Engineer:

Campbell Reith (Keynsham)

Project Managers:

Gardiner & Theobold (Oxford)

Construction Managers:

Kingerlee Ltd

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The 5 Star Gainsborough House Hotel

Medusa carried out the Consultancy, Design, tender documents and element costing including market testing for the Client. We accepted a right to tender for the works and were appointed for enabling and urgent conservation of stonework.

Acknowledgements

Client:

Bath Hotel & Spa Ltd

Architect:

EPR (London)

Engineers:

Mann Williams Bath



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The Folly

Medusa has been appointed as the main contractor responsible for this exciting and individual project for the owner of the Rushmore Estate in Tollard Royal in Wiltshire. The project comprises a new 18 metre high folly in the Indian Mogul style including detailed stone work and copper domes.

We believe this is the only folly built on this scale in recent times and will stand in an elevated position to the end of the one mile avenue towards the main house.

This project was completed in April 2009.

Acknowledgements

Client:

The Rushmore Estate

Architect:

Paul Walshe of Walshe Associates LLP

Engineer:

Stephen Back Associates Ltd

Stone Designer:

Sarah Pennal

Copper Domes:

Francis Russell Designs Ltd

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Bushey University

Medusa Stonemasonry was invited by ADP Architects of Oxford to offer consultancy to Opecprime Developments for the conservation of the extensive site of the old Bushey International University near Watford. Consequently, Medusa has been appointed as principle stone contractor for the works using replacement brickwork and Bath Stone dressings. Medusa has been on site since August 2007 and project completion is expected late 2008.

Acknowledgements

Architects:

Architects Design Partnership of Oxford

Developer:

Opecprime Development Ltd

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Canford Bridge Refurbishment

To carry out the conservation of the bridge including underwater masonry repairs. The mortar repairs were using Lithomix coloured by Medusa to match existing stonework and the surfaces were tooled to match the original finish. The contract was controlled by listed buildings and the Borough of Poole Dorset.

Acknowledgements

Client/Main Contractor:

J T Mackley & Co Ltd

Architects:

Borough of Poole (Transportation Services)

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Private Steps and Tower

Works involved included restoration of the various steps and walls to the formal gardens to the castle including dismantling, replacement and removal of foreign mortar and ironwork. The original Chilmark stone was replaced with the available bed A to match the existing. Works to the tower included structural pinning and replacement of head and mullion sections to one curved window. Replacement green stone was carried out within the chequer board facade.

Acknowledgements

Client:

Private Client

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Westbourne Arcade

This restoration and conservation project of the grade two listed facade posed interesting considerations as the ownership is split through the middle of the facade. Therefore as only one owner decided to carry out necessary works only the right hand side received attention. We replaced the large curved copings and sections of cornice, pieced in spalled stone and carried out tuck pointing to brickwork. The areas on the last photo that appear to be unfinished, are in fact the original 19th century tuck pointing that was still in good condition and did not require re-pointing.

All conservation was carried out by Nicholas Durnan and his team.

Acknowledgements

Client:

Nicholas Durnan

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Oxford Castle – Multiple Award Winning Development

Medusa was appointed Principle Stone Contractors for the following Oxford Castle Heritage projects:

The New Road Building
Architects Dixon Jones of London – designed by Medusa using Doulting Stone for the New Road Arches.

C Wing Conservation and New Build
Architects ADP of Oxford using Cotswold Natural Rubble Stone with Bath Stone Dressings and Copings.

The Cafe Screen
Design & Build to the Client – using reused Hardington Rubble Oxford Stone with Bath Stone Cappings to match County Hall.

Sandstone pavings to the project
Designed, supplied and fixed by Medusa using Indian Kandla Stone imported by Medusa.

Client:

Trevor Osborne Property Group

Construction Managers:

GDG Management Ltd –
Little Hasseley

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Oxford Castle Yard

Medusa designed and fixed the internal and external paving, the internal paving to the Shop, Cafe and Education Centre and the Amphitheatre seating.

Client:

The Oxford Preservation Trust

Architects:

Panter Hudspith

   
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Cliveden Village

400 square metres of Wittonfell English Sandstone were used on this former Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital for Countryside Properties in association with the National Trust, now Cliveden Village in Taplow, Berkshire.

The design was taken from the Architect’s concept to form a structural masonry facade.

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The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

2500 square metres of mixed Lefarge and Ketton Limestone was used in this ‘fix only’ project in association with Ketton Architectural Masonry to form the external structure of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Medusa is primarily responsible for the build to the Quadrangle, Lecture Theatre, Main Entrance and Pergola Terrace.

Main Contractor:

Galliford Try Plc

Stone Contractor:

Ketton Architectural Stone & Masonry Ltd

Architects:

Blampied & Partners Ltd

   
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Bowden House

Situated on a private estate in Lacock, Wiltshire, Medusa carried out conservation works to the capitals and entablature to the south facade, cleaning of the lead statues to gardens and ponds and conservation cleaning to the main entrance facades of this exceptional country house.

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Highclere Castle

Today the castle is the stunning location for the award winning television drama Downton Abbey.

Highclere Castle stands amid beautiful parkland in the Royal County of Berkshire. Medusa was commissioned to carry out conservation work to the stucco columns and walls to the main saloon of the castle. This involved sensitive cleaning and repairs to match the patina of the overall finish of the saloon and was carried out over a five week period, whilst the saloon was still in use.

Medusa co-operated with a national television company, who at the time were compiling a documentary relating to the activities on the estate. This culminated in the conservation works being included within the documentary which was later to be broadcast on our television screens.

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Hardman Square Water Features

This challenging set of water features were commissioned by Allied London Properties as a centrepiece for their Spinning Fields development in Manchester. The features are located in the main Hardman Square, designed by Fosters and Partners and Hyland Edgar Driver. The 140 tons of Chinese Granite used in the installation of these water features were imported and manufactured by Medusa. The tolerances involved to make the features work meant only 1mm over 27 metres could be allowed in the levels to achieve the architects overall water effect.

Main Contractor:

Bovis Lend Lease

Architects:

Fosters & Partners/Hyland Edgar Driver

Water Works:

The Fountain Workshop

   
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Victoria Square (Design & Consultancy)

Victoria Square is an extensive new multi-level shopping mall in the heart of Belfast City. This project required 11,000 square metres of internal and external paving. The stone consultancy required Medusa to select the stone and manufacturer as well as carrying out complicated major design work to the floor areas and supplying the client with budget costings.

Client:

Multi Development UK

Main Contractor:

Farrans/Gilbert Ash in joint venture

Architect:

Building Design Partnership

   
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Marks & Spencer - Fenchurch Street, London

This major development in Fenchurch Street comprised a rain screen cladding of Dura Limestone of approximately 4,000 square metres. Medusa were contracted to fix approximately 2,500 square metres of the facades to the concrete frame including 16 metre radius sections. Medusa were on site for 9 months and carried out works throughout the external facades and internal lobby areas.

Main Contractor:

H B G Construction

Stone Suppliers:

Stone Cladding International

   

 

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Plymouth University

Medusa fitted 2000 square metres of vertical Portuguese limestone cladding to the stair towers to the new Plymouth University Medical Centre.

Main Contract:

Bovis Lend Lease

Stone Supplier:

Stone Cladding International

Architect:

Fielden Clegg Bradley of Bath

   
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