Dismantle and Rebuild



Victoria & Albert Museum

Principal Contractor

Paye Stonework and Restoration





As part of the major re-development of the courtyard to provide additional exhibition space the Grade 1 listed Aston Webb screen was dismantled to provide site access and excavation of the space.

Following a detailed photographic and dimensional survey Paye’s masons began the careful and meticulous process of dismantling the masonry screen using modern and traditional techniques to cut through joints and separate the solid sections of stone.

Each joint was carefully cut out to prevent the risk of damage to adjacent stones. Using traditional plug and feathers the stones were split apart breaking the mortar used to bond them together.

Some of the larger stones weighed up to 1 tonne, using a block and tackle fixed to a running rail and padded lifting straps the stones were lifted away and lowered to the ground onto pallets and transportation to Paye’s secure storage facility.

The re-constructed screen appears radically different with new openings created through the columns providing a free flow access to the new courtyard and exhibition galleries.

Built to conceal the museum’s boilers


Stones dismantled, stored and then rebuilt


Business Development contact

Robert Greer


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