Posts by Ken Jones

Beckett Hall, Defence Academy UK

Beckett Hall, Defence Academy UK

Beckett Hall, Defence Academy UK, Shrivenham Conservation & Repair Works We are delighted to announce that we have commenced work at Beckett Hall (also known as Beckett House) on the first phase of external stonework conservation. This is a Grade II listed building of Elizabethan Style dating from 1830 (with reports of earlier 1740 built […]

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London Restoration & Repair Works  We are delighted to have started work on some conservation work for Royal Holloway.  And what an absolutely magnificent building this is.   Construction started in 1874, (that is 16 years after AFJones Stonemasons started trading, and about 30 years after William Jones started his Masonry Apprenticeship […]

Belvedere, Henley – Carvings

Belvedere, Henley – Carvings

For the last 6 months we have been working on an intricately carved Belvedere (‘Belvedere’ is an Italian term for an architectural structure situated to take advantage of a beautiful view – in this case a Garden Pavilion) for a mansion near Henley-on-Thames. Our work has involved developing the design layouts with Jonathan Lees Architects, […]

New Waterplant

New Waterplant

Our new waterplant installation is virtually complete following 9 months of planning work.  The images show the main lifting operations (June 2018) using two 20 ton cranes. This plant is an upgrade of our previous water recycling plant, with much larger capacity.  This will provide us with very clean water, reliably delivered to our bridge […]

High Beeches Mansion, Hampshire

This is a Mansion in Hampshire that we have just completed – in Clipsham Stone from the Clipsham Quarry Company.  [Clipsham is part of the Lincolnshire Limestone deposits – it is an oolitic limestone but there is also lots of shell, calcite and pebbles even.  It is very course stone, yet when finished it can […]

Gilston Road Staircase Completion

We showed the early stages of this project in a previous post.  This is a recently completed cantilevered stone staircase in London.  As promised, here with some images of the final project looking beautiful. This is a four-flight pure cantilever stone stair in Portland Perryfield Whitbed.  The stair is in a walled shaft with semi-circle […]

Richmond Mansion – Stone Stairc...

We have just completed another fine part-cantilevered stone staircase (near Richmond, London) for a Developer.   It is a replica of a 17th Century Stair, made of Portland Base-bed Stone. We had to overcome some challenging existing wall conditions to form the cantilever, including a blocked-in / hidden window.   The  flush soffit finish and jointing is […]

Hamilton Portico Steps

We have recently completed a substantial project producing and installing nearly 300 m2 of steps and flagstones at a prestigious property near Henley-on-Thames for Spink Property. We explored a number of options with a final selection of Vratz (Bulgarian) limestone that can be obtained in large format sizes (upto 2m x 1.4m) of consistent quality.  This […]

Villa Gina Portico

This is a portico project for a private client that we completed several months back – and certainly worthy of sharing here… It is made from a French limestone called Bretignac, similar in colour and general appearance to Bath Stone,  but slightly more porous with an open grain texture. From the concept stage, AFJones helped […]

Gilston Road, London – Cantilev...

Constructing a cantilever staircase requires great skill and care often in tight / difficult spaces. Also, the secure embedment of each tread into the walls,  and the interfaces with landing steels, can be challenging, and needs extremely careful attention to detail. It was no different at Gilston Road where we are just completing the installation […]

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