Projects Gwyn Hall, Neath

During its last refurbishment, the Gwyn Hall one of Neath's great landmarks, was gutted by fire and large sections of the building were subsequently condemned and demolished on safety grounds.

These areas included the 2 large Welsh Pennant sandstone gable ends of the building, capped in Bath stone roll top copings and their towering bath stone chimneys. Dawson Stone Masonry Ltd were appointed as masonry subcontractor and the gables needed to be dismantled to a solid base before being re-built in reclaimed Pennant sandstone to match the existing.

Several sample stone panels and nearly a dozen mortar samples were produced as a selection range for approval by CADW before one of each was agreed upon. The openings at either end of the building required new Bath stone cills & heads, with accompanying reclaimed brickwork to match what could be retained. The new walls were then lowered internally and extended externally to suit the new roof levels.

A section for the new Bath stone roll top copings was produced by our masonry workshop for approval in line with photographic evidence of what had been there previously & the copings were manufactured with the chimneys to the architects details before being fixed on site.

The outstanding level of workmanship achieved under difficult circumstances make this one of the stand out projects where Dawson Stone Masonry Ltd have again delivered excellence in order to maintain the high standards of listed and historical buildings in Wales.

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