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33 Colston Avenue, Bristol

Originally built in 1929 this building is opposite the Cenotaph in central Bristol. With a Bath Stone Art Deco facade, this really is a distinctive building containing offices which were comprehensively refurbished in the late 1990’s and in 2002 turned into student apartments

Having worked with Alandem Consulting Ltd  previously we were again approached by them to take down and refurbish the front elevation of the property.

Work on the property commenced in December 2015 and is still on going. A survey was carried out by a surveyor before access was in place and we were asked to give some budget figures for repairing some cracked stone heads.



Following erection of scaffold access a closer inspection was carried out and it became clear that the large steel beams of the building were eroded by water ingress over the years which had expanded and caused a lot of movement in the stone.

As a result of this we have been instructed to remove the stone cladding from the face of the building, clean up and treat the steels with rust inhibitors and refix the stone replacing any defective units.


As Some of the stone units we had to remove and refix are almost half a ton in weight, we have had to use traditional lifting methods of split pins and manual chain blocks.

Once completed this building will be restored back to its formal glory and remain an impressive looking Art Deco style building.

Marine Parade Celevdon

A truly stunning build of 9 townhouses overlooking Clevedon’s Grade 1 listed Pier and The Bristol Channel. Designed to make the most of the incredible views, all rooms face out to sea with windows and light paramount to the design. 

Having won the contract with Ikon Construction through a competitive tender, worked started on these builds in December 2016 and is still on going.

Working so close to the sea and with the Bristol Channel open to the elements work can be challenging at times. The location site also proved a challenge when it came to setting the site out with markers and reference points due to the build being over the various levels. It was left to our team of Masons to complete with very little information to go on which they accomplished with skill and professionalism.  

Due to the large amount of window and door openings meant the Masons had to quoin up a lot of the walling stone by means of hand tools to form reveals.

The new build work consists of blockwork backing faced Purbeck Ragstone. This lovely looking limestone has been used to build most of the cathedrals in the UK and has been used since Roman times. It will really make this build stand out and will be one of Clevedon’s most recognisable buildings once completed.

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Treetops Keynsham

Rowland Stone have previously worked with the developers Whitecroft Developments Ltd and through our continued quest for an excellent finish the developers came to us again to carry out the work at Treetops.

Treetops contains a substantial Victorian property converted into 3 dwellings along with 3 new builds. Our brief required us to restore the exterior of the existing buildings and blend in the new builds with the Victorian houses in the area.

Starting in the mild September of 2015 this project took one year to complete. 

As with any Victorian property the elements took their toll on the existing property. Upon commencement, we had to take down and rebuild the balustrades to the front steps. However, during the dismantling process, we were unable to save the balustrades due to them being so heavily eroded. We had to replace the balustrade with new natural stone to match existing with only the existing heavily eroded balusters to use for a template. 

As with any new build the blending process required all our skills to ensure they did not look out of character. What pleases us most is how the stonework compliments the timber on the new builds perfectly.

As of March 2017, there only 2 properties left at Treetops and Rowland Stone were pleased that our efforts helped the developers and estate agents sell those other properties.

This build also appeared on Location, Location, Location.

To find out more visit Whitecroft Developments