The beauty and sheer versatility of Burlington’s Brandy Crag natural stone is no better illustrated than in Guernsey’s newly constructed courthouse located in the historic town of St Peter Port. Home to both Criminal and Magistrate’s Courts, this architectural centrepiece is also linked to the original 19th Century Royal Court building which forms Guernsey’ seat of government and justice.

Approximately 700sqm of Burlington’s stone in a honed finish has been used to grace the floors of the main public areas throughout the new building. Laid in 200, 300 and 400 width bands with random lengths, a stunning effect has been created. As well as the main entrance hall, main public staircase and bridges that cross the hall, the same stone has been used to create a striking internal link from the new structure to the original building and its entrance lobbies.

Specified by leading London-based architects, Nicholas Hare Architects LLP, in conjunction with court specialists HBG Design, Burlington’s stone was chosen for this project based on its outstanding aesthetic and technical qualities.

The challenge facing the architects was how to insert the new law courts into a sensitive, historic site, retaining original structures while extending the space and delivering a new building with 21st Century facilities. It was imperative therefore that the materials used reflected these objectives.

Architect Paul Baxter commented: “Natural stone was the ideal choice for this project in order to give the building both a sense of quality and gravitas. The warm grey tones combined with the lively texture and the subtle colour variations of Burlington’s Brandy Crag stone satisfied both these requirements.”

He continued: “This stone is also a highly durable and functional flooring material that is suitable for high-traffic areas.”

Burlington’s stone blends harmoniously with the new courthouse’s other primary materials that include zinc roof cladding, glass, steel, wood panelling and massive granite blocks, many of which were reclaimed from the 1811 prison that previously occupied the site. The substantial granite façade of the prison has been rebuilt as the internal wall of the main entrance hall to the new courthouse.

For further information on Burlington’s range of natural stone products view www.burlingtonstone.co.uk or contact 01229 889 661.

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