Role: Project Architect and Contract Administrator

Crosby Granger Architects were appointed at this highly popular and famous church, which is set within the idyllic village of Grasmere, right in the middle of the LDNP. The commission included research and understanding of the existing condition of the fabric, including looking through various archives including those at the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) in London. The church dates back to the 12th Century and was originally rendered, over roughly constructed masonry walling, as is the common method of building in the area. In the 1890’s the render was stripped, those of the day believing that the beautiful masonry should be seen.

 

 

The rough stonework was then pointed in heavy strap-pointing of a cementitious nature, again, a fashion of the time. Within 30 years the church had to be re-rendered due to damp and water penetration, but was sadly re-rendered in an impervious, cementitious wet-dash. Over the years, the render has cracked and deteriorated, the church has become damp, and certain areas of high level masonry have begun to crumble. The Phase I proposals saw the tower stripped of its damaging render & re-rendered in a hot-mix lime render. The hot-lime was mixed on site & used immediately. Hot-mixed mortars are now recognised as the most common form of mixing & using mortars historically. Using the mortar hot increases the adhesion to the substrate & allows a regular, controlled carbonation process. These skills had been almost lost, but a resurgence is underway and the works at St Oswald’s are considered to be an important development in the material’s use in England.

Historic England have expressed an interest in being involved in the study and review of the project’s progress, using it for research of the hot-mix lime material analysis.

AWARDS – SHORTLISTED RICS 2018 CONSERVATION AWARD

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Thornthwaite Hall

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INSTAGRAM

Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Our award-winning practice has long established expertise in projects involving the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings, as well as new designs for sensitive sites.

From the scholarly restoration of churches and historic houses across the north of England to master planning for owners of large private estates, Cumbrian clients include the National Trust, Holker Hall, Leighton Hall, Levens Hall and Muncaster Castle. The practice also has clients, including independent schools, in Co. Durham, Cheshire, the Midlands and London.

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GREAT NEWS! Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Gordon Blunt joined the practice in September 2020 and is tasked with managing and improving the studio’s production of information, knowledge sharing and providing technical oversight on major projects.

Co-founder Chris Granger said: “We have a solid foundation in the heritage sector from which to expand our work and for which we are seeing increasing demand. So we are very pleased about the three appointments.

“We also act as specialist consultants to other architects, surveyors and estate managers who need high-level building conservation advice or technical guidance. They are often wrestling alone with the same problems we are tackling with our bigger team of experts.

#heritage #conservation #worldheritagesite #lakedistrict #coniston #ullockmoss #levenshall #vernacular #ldnp #aonb #nationalpark #kendal #vernaculararchitecture #ecclesiastical #crosbygranger #design #independentschools #spab
GREAT NEWS! Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Amy Redman has been with the firm since January 2022 after completing the SPAB Scholarship. Amy will lead on growing the office’s heritage conservation reputation while strengthening existing team members knowledge and skills in this field.

Andrew Bodenham who started at Crosby Granger Architects in January 2019, is leading the practice’s research and development in the use of traditional materials and highlighting its work in historic settings.

Co-founder Chris Granger said: “We have a solid foundation in the heritage sector from which to expand our work and for which we are seeing increasing demand. So we are very pleased about the three appointments.

“We also act as specialist consultants to other architects, surveyors and estate managers who need high-level building conservation advice or technical guidance. They are often wrestling alone with the same problems we are tackling with our bigger team of experts.

#heritage #conservation #worldheritagesite #lakedistrict #coniston #ullockmoss #levenshall #vernacular #ldnp #aonb #nationalpark #kendal #vernaculararchitecture #ecclesiastical #crosbygranger #design #independentschools #spab

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