Project Spotlight – Chevin Park, Leeds

Chevin Park, Leeds

Chevin Park is situated south of the village of Menston, near Bradford. The scheme involved transforming the historic Grade II Listed Victorian High Royds Psychiatric Hospital into luxury apartments, townhouses and cottages, combining original Victorian splendour with the elegance of contemporary design.

The hospital first opened in 1888 as the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum and is a magnificent example of Vickers and Edwards’s architecture. There is a series of buildings covering the 300 acre site.

high royds hospital june 1965 sm
The original building, as beautiful as it was, infact was a home to those in mental torment. The hospital opened in 1888. Image from http://www.highroydshospital.com/ 

The transformation of the site has been carried out in stages by Avant Homes, restoring and adapting the many Sandstone buildings on site into luxury homes, whilst retaining many features of the original architecture.

Aura Conservation Ltd secured the specialist masonry sub-contract package with Avant Homes at Chevin Park. The package included carrying out survey works to produce in house CAD design technical drawings and to ascertain a true and realistic scope of works for each building prior to work commencement. The project was designed to work in conjunction with Avant Homes over a number of phase, spread across a number of years, passing off one completed area before moving to the next.

The project involved the demolition of large sections   of   existing   elevations   of   each building and some retaining walls which had been severely damaged, enabling us to then restore the remaining structure with stone infills reusing the demolished stone thus ensuring   the   stone   profile   matched   the original exactly.


Window and door surrounds were also created with entrance steps and ramps from new sandstone heads, cills, mullions, transoms, string courses and copings. Where possible all existing stonework was used in the restoration work. Each building was lightly cleaned using see above technique to remove all algae growth and general spoiling.   All structures were then subject to 100% rake out and full re-point using a lime based mortar.


Extensive  stone  replacements  were  made across the buildings where original stone had become spalled and additional stone repair techniques were adopted including stitching and   pinning   of   fractured   sections.   Our contract also included the installation of cast iron air vents to each newly created home. Towards the end of 2016 Aura returned to site to complete the next phase of the project, the buildings in this phase have been cleaned, re- pointed and building alterations have included the creation of entrance steps and ramps from new sandstone and the creation of new and alteration of existing windows and doors.

All sandstone procured matched the existing profile and characteristics of the existing exactly. Many stone items have been carved on site. As the project has been carried out over a number of various phases returning each year, we’ve had to work to the clients programme to ensure that no delays have occurred which can have a knock on affect to other contractors on site.  Each phase has been completed on time and to budget. Management of the project has included having daily briefings on site with other contractors to ensure all are aware of each others daily activities and programmes.


Whats on?


January 2019
16th Empowering Design Parctices Study Tour – Faith, Community and Design
Mossley Hill Church, Liverpool
18th Timber Buildings in Essex
Cressing Temple Barns, Essex
18th Conservation Plans
Birmingham City University
19th Lime Pointing
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
25th Lime Based Mortars and Traditional Materials for Repair of Civil Engineering Structures
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
25th-26th Project Management and Urban Design
Birmingham City University
28th-31st Specifying Conservation Works
West Dean College, West Sussex
29th-30th Rubble Wall Building
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

Thanks to Building Conservation for proving us with these Key Dates and Events not to be missed in January.

The services we provide for you at

aura conservation


Roof Tiling, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection, Roof Drainage, Lead Protection, Roof Features.


Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.


Painting & Decorating, Plasterwork, Tiling, Timber Flooring.

Services & Treatment

Protection and Remedial Treatment, Paint Finishes, Mortars & Renders, Pointing, Paint Removal, Masonry Cleaning, Structural Repairs, Epoxy Resin Repairs.

Metal, Wood & Glass

Fine Joinery, Wood Carving, Windows and Doors, Secondary Glazing, Metalwork.



Incorporated in 2006, Aura Conservation have existed for over twelve successful years. We have a sound and experienced management team. We can assist you in any of your conservation needs and have a body of long standing and experienced tradesmen we can call on with specialist knowledge of the conservation world. Along with prudent financial management, we have a sound financial foundation that will see us prosper in the coming years.

You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB. Tel. 0161 442 9850 Fax. 0161 432 8478

Email  enquiries@auraltd.co.uk
Web    www.auraltd.co.uk





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