15th March 2023

Ancaster stone samples

Later in March we are asked to make a second visit to Lovells, with Messenger’s Project Manager and the Cathedral’s Project Director, to see their proposed sample of the Ancaster stone. As the quarry originally specified it has had its entire production reserved by another project, Messenger have had to procure it from an alternative, and everyone wants to check it is satisfactory.

Lovells have found that several of the blocks they have been supplied with yield a stone with a particular strong yellow tone. It is decided that this isn’t acceptable within the new floor, and needs to be selected out, but that otherwise the samples are satisfactory. They look good with the previous Purbeck and Hopton Wood samples laid out in strips, as they will be in the proposed floor pattern.