Using techniques mastered 300 years ago we’ve gone the extra mile to ensure our St James Mews development in Winchester is in keeping with its historic surrounds. We made the decision to lime render the exterior of the development in Southgate Street so that it wasn’t at odds with its Georgian neighbours. The craftsmanship involved is still used on stately homes today but is rarely used on new builds because of the time it takes to create. Senior technical manager Rachel Davies said: “This is a real labour of love for us. We’ve never done it before and I am unlikely to ever do it again during my career. “But this is a development on the main route into the centre of Winchester and is surrounded by some beautiful historic buildings. We wanted to make sure that our development wasn’t at odds with other buildings in the city. Ultimately we wanted to feel proud of it.” Lime rendering is a technique which involves building layers of the lime ‘plaster’ which not only allows the building to ‘breathe’ but also enables the creation of ornate cornicing and coving so synonymous with period properties. Rachel added: “What’s particularly interesting is the fact the building will look old with all the characteristics of a traditional Georgian fascia, yet behind the exterior the construction is modern and energy efficient.”