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A selection of the landmark buildings we've worked on

Crewe Hall Hotel

Grade I Listed

Grade I Listed, Crewe Hall is a Jacobean mansion located near Crewe Green in Cheshire, described as one of the finest Jacobean houses in Cheshire. Built between 1615 and 1636 for Sir Randolph Crewe, it was one of the county’s largest houses in the 17th century. The hall was extended in the late 18th century and altered by Edward Blore in the early Victorian era. It was extensively restored by E. M. Barry after a fire in 1866, and is considered among his best works.

Constructed in red brick with stone dressings and a lead and slate roof, the hall was in need of much repair. Having suffered from loss of detail to stone work, open mortar joints, algae growth, surface cracking with loose and friable stonework, spalling brickwork and previous repairs failing, much attention was required. The main restoration works were to the front (South) elevation which had been the most affected.

Aura Conservation were awarded the contract in March 2008 after compiling an extensive condition survey at the request of Q Hotels. The contract comprised of a complete restoration programme to the front and side elevations and including roof repairs, perimeter paving, boundary walls and complete replacement of front entrance steps.

The specialist works initially involved DOFF cleaning to all elevations. Works then continued by carefully removing and replacing defective areas of stonework, de-scaling of loose and friable masonry, removal of ferrous fixings to replace them with stainless steel, raking out and re-pointing of brickwork and finally lime mortar repairs to areas of damaged stone. In addition, Aura carried out repairs to the roof and lead detailing along with replacement of rainwater goods.

A building of this outstanding architectural interest should be preserved for years to come and Aura Conservation are proud to have been involved in this project, securing a future for the Jacobean grandeur that is Crewe Hall for the next generation to enjoy.

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