Stone Porticos - Bespoke Portico Designs & Installation from Procter Cast Stone
Stone Porticos form an impressive entrance to a property and with Procter Cast Stone's approach and flexibility you can have exactly the right design of high quality cast stone portico you need. We are here to help and advise with your portico project, and even if it is very early days or you have not decided for definite to have a portico installed, then we would still be very happy to help and advise in any way we can.
A Standard Range of Cast Stone Porticos and in Bespoke Designs
At Procter Cast Stone we produce a very high quality range of porticos in standard portico designs, plus we can produce one-off bespoke designs to meet an architect's requirements. All our porticos are manufactured using a new, highly cost-effective and structurally-strong ring beam system.
Stone porticos form an impressive entrance to a property, and with Procter Cast Stone's approach and flexibility you can have exactly the right design to suit yours. Our standard porticos are ideal for new properties, and our custom-made porticos for new properties and restoration projects made to an architect's design or specification or where an exact match is needed to replace an old stone portico.
A cast stone portico from Procter Cast Stone will look every bit as a authentic as one made from natural stone, with the real advantage being the huge cost difference between the two - the cast stone version will of course be cheaper. In addition but related to the last point, a cast stone portico can be manufactured in a fraction of the time a natural stone one can be.
We work with home owners, architects, developers and others on portico projects, so whoever you are please do get in touch so we can help and advise.
Our Standard Range of Porticos is Separated into 3 Main Styles with 3 Shapes of Portico Available:(Click on the image of designs)
- Square 'U' shaped
- Square 'L' shaped
This then gives a total of nine options within our standard range. However, adding in colour to the equation means the options are almost infinite, as long with our nine standard colours we can also create specials if needed.
L Shaped Portico & Steps
Other Architectural Features to Use with Porticos
Many of our other cast stone features can be used with porticos for both practical reasons and visual appeal. These features include:
- Steps and landing areas built around the portico as part of the entrance
- Railings around the top of the portico to create a balcony
- Cast stone balustrade around the top to create a balcony
In all cases we would ensure that the final finished job looks as one, with all architectural elements fitting together perfectly and in a consistent colour (whichever one was chosen)
Site Survey and Design Advice
A key aspect of the service we offer is site surveys and design advice. For restoration projects a site survey is normally essential, but in all cases we provide whatever level of advice is necessary. For example, an architect may know exactly the design of the portico they want and therefore it's simply a case of us accurately following the dimensions etc. However, someone running their own self-build project may need much more help and advice and even detailed drawings produced of their portico from an outline sketch - which is no problem at all for us.
From a .jpg photo of the planned location for the proposed portico, we are able to provide an image of how the entrance will be enhanced by the addition of one of our standard porticos.
More from Cast Stone Entrance Features
Delivery Only or Delivery and Installation
We use our own transport to deliver to site, and part of our service is also to deliver on the exact day as required - which can be important to our customers when a property build is underway and materials have to be available to ensure the project isn't held up.
We can also expertly install the porticos we manufacture, which will typically suit a customer who isn't familiar with the specific techniques needed. In addition, using our installation service can often work out as the more cost-effective option when compared to using general building contractors employed for the larger construction job. Read more about our installation service.
Along with all our other cast stone products, our porticos are manufactured by our experienced craftsmen, in our own factory, and in accordance with BS1217:1997. All porticos produced are thoroughly checked for quality, colour and consistent finish to ensure they meet our exacting standards.
The Ring Beam System
The new construction system we use for our porticos is based on a ring beam made of reinforced concrete and using stainless steel rods. This system has the advantage of reducing cost because each portico is designed using structural calculations that can cater for the weight to be carried - e.g. for a cast stone slab as a balcony and perhaps with a balustrade. This in turn eliminates the need for expensive structural steel work, and that's where the main cost saving comes in.
Using the Standard Portico Element for Other Architectural Features
Our standard porticos elements can be used to create other architectural features such as:
- Bandstands (essentially 2 semi-circular porticos back to back)
- Collonades (a long sequence of columns joined by a superstructure above them)
- Pilasters (half a column fixed to a wall)
Such use of standard portico components to create a different cast stone feature will typically mean a very considerable cost saving versus creating such features as one-offs. And compared to creating such features from natural stone, the cost saving would be almost off the scale. Download portico drawing and cast stone colour manual on the left. Or reuqest your quote and download CAD cast stone portico drawing from below.