Continued Masonry Repairs at St Matthew’s Surbiton
USL were pleased to work on the conservation and stone repair works at St Matthew’s Church, a large stone-faced church in Surbiton Surrey in partnership with West Scott Architects. Acting as the Principal Contractor and stone specialist, the team at USL carried out essential stone restoration to preserve the church tower as part of Phase 1 which ran over 40 consequent weeks. After a further tender process, USL completed the second phase stone cleaning and masonry repairs in 2022 that saw repairs to the West End Nave Gable, North Transept and Vestry.
Built in 1874-75 to the design of architect C L Luck. St Matthew’s is listed as a Grade II building, in the neo-Gothic style with Kentish ragstone and Bath limestone dressings. The church is located within a busy thriving town centre surrounded by residential and commercial buildings. It dominates the skyline with an elegant square tower at the west end of the south aisle and crowned with an octagonal stone spire behind parapet with corner pinnacles.
A growing and thriving church, it brings together a wide range of ages, backgrounds and operates as a cultural and community centre for the locality. The urgent repairs not only allowed for physical improvements to the fabric of the church but also enabled a wider programme of heritage and cultural activities to improve the churches’ community engagement.
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Universal Stone Ltd. are extremely proud of our accomplishments at St Matthews’ Church which has seen now the completion of two phases of restoration and, speaking to others, the whole team should be collectively proud. It is not often that historic fabric is replaced on this scale while utilising traditional methods to achieve it. The church will remain a rich source of heritage and stories, inspiring new social interactions which will be shared with a wider and more diverse audience.
Through the replacement of eroded and decayed stonework and embellishments, the tower and spire now hints back to its original glory and can expect a much-extended life with graceful ageing for years to come.
“We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The church has been an important focal point for the community for the past 140 years, and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for another century or more.”