Client: The Vicar of St James the Less, Sussex Gardens
Completed: Aug 2021
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration: 4 Weeks
Architect: Carden & Godfrey Architects
What we did...
  • Restoration
  • Stone Masonry
  • Internal Repairs
  • Cleaning & Polishing

USL carried out the sensitive stone repairs to the Nave Sanctuary flooring.  Despite the Nave Sanctuary only being a modern installation, it was looking a bit tired with damaged sections.

St James is a glorious Victorian parish church, rich in original stained glass, monuments and fittings, and home to a lively and active community.  Although the parish of Paddington is medieval, a church was first built on this site in 1843. It was substantially rebuilt by the illustrious Victorian architect GE Street, in a neo-Gothic style of unusual and generous breadth.

In recent years the church was reordered and a modern nave sanctuary was constructed, at whose heart is a large square wooden altar, lit from beneath (the church and its interior is especially atmospheric after daylight has faded).  To keep the interior looking fresh, marble repairs were required on the flooring.


Internal Repairs included;

  • Full dust protection to interior space to allow regular services to commence.
  • Repairs to floor stones and glass paving, including the raking out of loose grout around stones and regrouting.
  • Removal of loose stones and rebedding with fully supported and flush new stones (as required).
  • Replacement of broken sections of glass paving with exact matching.
  • Various cracked marble sections were removed, repaired and replaced including new grouting to all stone paving slab joints.
  • Replacement of the access hatch with new stone paving insert for access hatch cover.  New hatch installed with new bed stones.
  • Extensive cleaning and polishing to existing stones post restoration.
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"We found the US team friendly, efficient, most considerate and willing – it was a pleasure to have the guys at St James’s and we’d have no hesitation in recommending them and your company to others.  The site foreman was really marvellous and his team the same."

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