Client: Borough Council King’s Lynn & West Norfolk
Completed: 2006
Category: Local Authorities & Scheduled Ancient Monument
Contract Duration: 52 Weeks
Architect: Purcell Miller Tritton
What we did...
  • Restoration & Conservation
  • Stone Masonry & Brickwork Repairs
  • Structural / Roofing
  • Leadwork
  • Specialist Services
  • Hard Landscape
  • Drainage &  New Lighting Scheme

Universal Stone was appointed as Principal Contractor to carry out extensive conservation works to Greyfriars Tower in King’s Lynn. This project won several awards and also included the full re-landscaping of the surrounding gardens named Tower Gardens including restoration to war memorial, hard landscaping, new paving, lighting scheme, garden beds, timber pergolas and new stone plinths for information boards.

Greyfriars Tower is one of only three remaining Franciscan friaries that existed in England prior to the 1538 suppression and is the most attractive and complete. It is Grade I listed and awarded Scheduled Ancient Monument status.

The extensive project to Greyfriars Tower included;

  • Design and erection of scaffolding including a temporary roof.
  • Extensive masonry conservation repairs.
  • Replacement of damaged stonework in a variety of materials incorporating Ancaster, Caen, Barnack, Clunch and Carr stone.
  • Replacement of damaged brickwork with new imperial hand made bricks to match existing.
  • Consolidation works including installation of Cintec crack anchors, rough racking, repointing and grouting.
  • Conservation of historic plasterwork.
  • Re-roofing to the tower with new sheet lead.
  • Repairs and replacement of roof timbers.
  • Repairs and replacement of leaded glazing to the tower windows.

Project works to Tower Gardens & War Memorial 

  • Careful excavation of the remaining footings of the original buildings and overlaying with new Yorkstone paving to delineate the footprint of the buildings.
  • Complete re-landscaping of the Tower Gardens including re-grading works, new planting beds and grassed areas, new Yorkstone paving, new granite edgings, timber pergolas and new stone plinths for information boards.
  • Renewal of underground drainage within the site.
  • Installation of new lighting systems including renewal of electrical supply system.
  • Renewal of underground water supplies.
  • Repairs and replacement of wrought iron boundary fence and stone plinths.

All masonry conservation was carried out by Universal Stone Limited operatives with all replacement dressed stone being worked at our workshop in Essex by our in-house banker masons. The works were carried out in a busy town centre location with minimal disruption to the general public.

To date Greyfriars Tower has received the following awards:

  • The Mayor's Award for Design in the Environment 2006 - Category; Restoration
  • Civic Pride and Monuments Green Apple Silver Award presented by the Green Organisation in 2007
  • The RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Heritage Award 2007
  • The RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Public Sector Award 2007
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England Norfolk Environmental and Architectural Award
  • Greyfriars Tower was a finalist in the first series of the BBC2 programme Restoration
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To date Greyfriars Tower has received the following awards:
The Mayor's Award for Design in the Environment 2006 - Category; Restoration
Civic Pride and Monuments Green Apple Silver Award presented by the Green Organisation in 2007
The RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Heritage Award 2007
The RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Public Sector Award 2007
Campaign to Protect Rural England Norfolk Environmental and Architectural Award
Greyfriars Tower was a finalist in the first series of the BBC2 programme Restoration

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