Conservation Portfolio | Aura

A selection of the landmark buildings we've worked on

Chevin Park, Menston

Grade II Listed

Chevin Park is situated south of the village of Menston, near Bradford. The scheme involved transforming the historic Grade II Listed Victorian former High Royds Psychiatric Hospital into luxury apartments, townhouses and cottages, combining original Victorian splendour with the elegance of contemporary design.

The hospital first opened in 1888 as the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum and is a magnificent example of Vickers and Edwards’s architecture. There is a series of buildings covering the 300 acre site.

The transformation of the site has been carried out in stages by Avant Homes, restoring and adapting the many sandstone buildings on site into luxury homes, whilst retaining many features of the original architecture.

Aura Conservation secured the specialist masonry sub-contract package with Avant Homes at Chevin Park. The contract included carrying out survey works to produce in house CAD design technical drawings and to ascertain a true and realistic scope of works for each building prior to works commencement.

Large sections of existing elevations of each building were demolished, requiring Aura Conservation to restore the remaining structure with stone infills, reusing reclaimed walling stone and new dimensional stone. Window and door surrounds were also created with entrance steps and ramps from new sandstone heads, cills, mullions, transoms, string courses and copings. Where possible reclaimed stone from the site was used in the restoration work.

Each building was lightly cleaned using a mild chemical process to remove all algae growth and general spoiling. All stonework was then carefully raked out and re-pointed using a lime mortar. Extensive stone replacements were made across the buildings in areas where original stone had become spalled and additional stone repair techniques were adopted including stitching and pinning of fractured sections. Aura Conservation carried out some large alterations to the stone facades such as recreating the facades after removal of stair towers, recreating a large bay window and creating new entrances and windows to the remodelled buildings. Aura’s contract also entailed the installation of cast iron air vents to each newly created home.

The stonework repairs and alterations were extremely successful and Avant Homes were awarded the Best International Residential Renovation/Redevelopment award in 2013. Aura Conservation are proud of the part which they played within the restoration project.

The sign of a successful conservation contract is that it is not visually apparent where the restoration works have been carried out, which this project represents.

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