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Penrith New Squares cast in stone

A major mixed use development in the heart of Penrith’s historic town centre has made extensive use of bespoke cast stone from leading manufacturer Edenhall.

The Penrith New Squares development opened in July 2013 and comprises a large Sainsbury’s supermarket and multi-storey car park, 21 retail units arranged along pedestrianised streets, 21 houses and 64 apartments including affordable homes.


The intention was to create a series of new squares to extend the town centre southwards and continue the existing configuration of narrow streets and squares of the adjacent conservation area. The vernacular style has been complemented by the architectural design and the selection of sympathetic materials including cast stone.

The high quality cast stone was used for Ashlar masonry elevations with matching details, window surrounds, heads and cills, cornices, band courses, arches and corbels. Three stone shades were specified: pale Gloucester cream to match the stone on the Sainsbury’s store, light Portland limestone and red sandstone to match the indigenous stone of the Eden Valley.

Edenhall worked closely with architects Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson on the CAD design and detailing of the cast stone elements. Project architect Dominic Bond said: “The range of cast stone elements produced for this large project by Edenhall indicates the versatility of the material and the capability of the manufacturer.”


The project was well organised by contractor Thomas Armstrong Construction and the delivery call-offs ran smoothly. The New Squares scheme is designed to draw more people into Penrith. The town is located in the Eden Valley close to the Lake District National Park and is popular for shopping with locals and tourists, as well as shoppers from the wider region.

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