Burton College (2004)

Engineering College Uses Cast Stone

Handcrafted cast stone is a key feature of Burton College's new engineering faculty building. Over 2000 individually designed pieces of cast stone have been used to enhance the performance and appearance of the building.

Working closely with the architect from day one, UKCSA member PD Edenhall designed a wide range of semi-dry ‘bathstone' elements for the project. Arches, copings, ashlar blocks, window heads & cills and other bespoke elements were all manufactured and delivered according to a strict time programme.

Structural elements, such as the 5m load-bearing arches with feature keystone, were designed with integral reinforcing bars and lifting sockets to fit precisely into the building's steel frame and minimise the amount of on-site time required. The structural integrity of cast stone, combined with its high-precision manufacturing process made it the ideal choice for this project, where tight deadlines and a cost effective build programme were of paramount importance.

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