Burlington receives recognition at Natural Stone Awards

Cumbria-based stone engineers, Burlington, received further recognition recently, when two of the projects that the company has been involved in were acclaimed at the 2010 National Stone Awards, held annually by the Stone Federation of Great Britain. Whilst the new flagship Energus training centre located in neighbouring Workington in Cumbria was highly commended, the use of Burlington’s stone involved in the interior revitalisation of St Dunstan’s Church in Surrey was commended.

As Burlington’s Sales & Marketing Director, Nick Williams comments: “Burlington understandably has a long and successful association with the National Stone Awards and it is pleasing to see this continue in 2010. What is particularly satisfying this time around is the fact that the two projects represent quite different uses when it comes to our stone, the former involving random walling stone, cladding and paving, and St Dunstan’s intricately cut flooring.”

At Energus - the internationally recognised training and education centre for nuclear, renewable energy and environmental restoration industries - approximately 450m2 of Burlington’s Elterwater screened weathered random walling stone has been used to help create a dramatic focal point.

A design and build project led by leading Cumbria based practice, Architects Plus (UK) Ltd, in association with Thomas Armstrong Construction Ltd, the centre boasts a striking circular lecture theatre that is clad in Burlington’s blue/grey stone. Anchoring the main frontage of the building, this design feature forms a dramatic addition to the skyline as the building is first approached.

Architect, Raymond Whittaker, explains: ‘Burlington’s random walling stone was specified as a material synonymous with Cumbria, helping maintain a sense of place and continuity with the traditions of engineering and construction of the region. The combination of texture and colour not only captures the changing light and weather, it projects the mass and solidity of the building and anchors it in the landscape.”

The lecture theatre also demonstrates the ability of Burlington stone to harmonise well with other materials, including ‘Tecu’ copper standing seam roofing and wall head cappings, polyester powder coated aluminium curtain walling, and copper rainwater hopper and downpipe.

In addition to stonewalling, Burlington’s Elterwater is also featured as slate paving around the perimeter of the building and as cladding to the reflecting pool that is overlooked by the main atrium and external terraces.

At St Dunstan’s meanwhile, intricately cut pieces of Burlington’s prestigious honed Broughton Moor natural stone ‘flow’ beautifully from the Baptistery, along the church aisle and into the Sanctuary to create an image of an altar with life-giving water pouring from it.

Here over 120 sq metres of the sumptuous mid-green stone has been cleverly used to deliver a floor design that emulates a stream of water, which also surrounds the Font in the Baptistery and links gracefully to the Altar. The Altar represents the stone struck by Moses in the desert from which water erupted.

Specified by specialist ecclesiastical architects, Rooney & McConville, and installed by main contractor/installers, MCS Limited, Burlington’s mid-green Broughton Moor stone serves to provide a stunning contrast with a myriad of other materials used throughout the Church. In addition to its durability and adaptability, the natural beauty of the stone is highlighted by contrasting veins and markings that emphasise its natural origins.

Commenting on behalf of Rooney & McConville, architect Brian Quinn said: “Burlington’s Broughton Moor stone is the perfect material for the design concept of the flooring within the church, as it demonstrates perfectly what can be achieved when high quality materials are put together to create such a striking end result.”

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