Rosslyn Chapel was awarded over £7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland for a major restoration programme, and to build a new reception area, exhibition and interpretation space, cafe and gift shop.
Page \ Park Architects were looking for a very hardwearing stone paving material, able to withstand high visitor numbers, that could be used both externally to the entrance precinct and also continue into the new visitor centre.
This material had to be sympathetic to the important historic setting and ideally would be locally sourced.
In discussion with landscape architects, Page \ Park proposed Caithness stone as appropriate for this location.
Around 700 lineal meters of riven flags in 595mm x random length and 330mm x random lengths were supplied.
Caithness flagstones were supplied in a honed, sealed finish specified for the interior and set to the architects' flooring pattern. Around 60m2 was supplied in 300 and 400mm widths x random lengths.
Around 100m2 of riven finish flagstones were supplied for the external areas, at 400 and 600mm wide x random lengths.
Caithness stone is sympathetic to the the historic 15th century chapel.
The honed and sealed stone provides a refined finish for the interior of the new visitor centre, while the external areas are more traditional, linking with the stonework of the adjacent chapel.
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