Chester Zoo | Stained Glass Conservation in Chester | Recclesia Stained Glass

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Recclesia was commissioned by Donald Insall Associates to undertake a full review of the glazing scheme and its condition at Oakfield House prior to proposals for a £3m scheme to transform the building. Having reported on the state of the stained glass, leaded lights and metal casements, we worked alongside zoological building specialists Read Construction to conserve and repair the windows as part of the transformation project.

Recclesia Stained Glass is one of the only studios in the UK to have its own metal conservation workshops, so all of the work to repair the metal casements was undertaken in house along with the work to the stained glass and the leaded lights. We also have our own masonry team as part of the wider company, who completed conservation repairs to the damaged heads, jambs, mullions and transoms whilst the windows were in the workshop.


Oakfield House is now home to The Oakfield, a gastropub at the heart of the zoo serving freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits. Find Out More