• Client: National Trust
  • Architect: Waring & Netts
  • Duration: Complete
  • Location: Newcastle
  • Existing/Reclaimed Sandstone
  • Complete restoration of all stonework
  • Repointing, indenting, rebuilding, new build

With funding provided by the National Trust, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Laing O’Rourke was awarded the main contract and subsequently instructed Vetter UK to undertake the complete restoration of all stonework to Gibside Stables, with the guiding principle of conserving the building’s character, reusing as much of the existing material as was possible and restoring them to their former glory.

Works undertaken included the restoration of the complete external façade inclusive of repointing and indenting, and the restoration of the internal courtyard including rebuilding of an area of walling to the north-west corner. Internally, the Vetter team were engaged to carry out the application of lime plaster to the ceilings and walls of the accommodation block. The renovation work at the stables enables visitors to gain an understanding and insight into the history of a working 18th century stable.

As part of the same project, the remains of the Orangery were stabilised, and a new internal pathway laid to allow safe access to the public.