Collins and Curtis Newsletter 2020

Within our 2020 Newsletter we have looked at a small selection of projects Collins and Curtis have had the privilege to work on this last year. Projects include intricate carving, details for masonry repairs, bespoke architectural stonework, stone kitchen and bathroom worktops, stone memorials and a number of fire surrounds in portland stone and hearths in a variety of sandstones, limestones, granites and slate. To view our newsletter click here.


Quay Place, Ipswich, Suffolk

Formerly St Mary-at-the-Quay but now called Quay Place, was until its recent regeneration a redundant medieval Church. The Grade II Listed church which was believed to have been built around 1450 and 1550, is located next to Ipswich’s quayside. It suffered from war damage, damp, a decayed roof and leaning walls – that was until the 17 month restoration programme gave Quay Place a new future as a centre for both heritage and wellbeing activities, café and an event space alongside therapy provision.

The Churches Conservation Trust teamed up with the charity Suffolk Mind, and together they secured Heritage Lottery Funds and European Regional Development Funds to cover the cost of the restoration.

In April 2014 Bakers of Danbury started work on the project as Principal Contractor. The specialist restoration works include the structural stabilisation and incorporation of a large contemporary mezzanine floor for office space. A new contemporary design extension, built to provide further offices and consulting rooms.

Collins and Curtis supplied all new stone for the restoration and new build. We took measurements onsite to produce templates, which were then used to manufacture the replacement features to arches, jambs, tracery, cills and copings. We used traditional methods of masonry to manufacture the stone details and carried out the fixing and replacement of the stone during the whole restoration.

The project won RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) East of England Awards 2017, Building Conservation Category.

Andy Marshall – Architectural Photography

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Collins and Curtis have completed the 2016 phase of restoration works to Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Replacement masonry units in Ancaster Hard White stone were used to rebuild the Gables.


Shop fronts Oxford Street, London

During 2016 Collins and Curtis gave a number of shop fronts in Oxford Street, London a makeover using Portland stone and Granite


Clare Priory wins RICS Project of the Year award

Collins and Curtis are proud to have been involved in the RICS award winning conservation and extension works on Clare Priory a medieval Church in Suffolk – thought to be one of the oldest in England.

The project involved conservation of the original structure to enable its continued use as a meeting area and reception, and a contemporary extension to give access to a new worship area space.

This is an example of Collins and Curtis’ ability to use traditional and new techniques of stonemasonry. Works carried out by Collins and Curtis included new Liturgical furniture in Clipsham stone including the Altar, Ambo and Tabernacle. Collins and Curtis also supplied the Clipsham stone for the new extension and the arches between the old and the new buildings.

The Conservation and extension of Clare Priory was awarded two awards in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2015 Awards; Project of the Year, East of England and  Project of the Year within the “Building Conservation” category.