Repairs to historic garden structures, Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire

Client:

Derbyshire County Council

Architect:

Simpson & Brown, Edinburgh

The gardens surrounding Elvaston castle extend to over 200 acres and comprise woodlands, formal gardens and parkland. They are also home to an important collection of follies, garden buildings and structures including walled and nursery gardens, many of which are listed.

English Heritage, recognising the importance of the gardens and the urgent need for repairs, awarded a £456,000 grant for essential works to four key historic structures, namely the Golden Gates and associated flanking stone walls, the Moorish Temple, Nursery Garden walls and a brick ha-ha boundary wall.

Lincoln Arboretum & Temple Gardens

Client:

City of Lincoln Council

Architect:

Land Use Consultants, London

An important Heritage Lottery Funded scheme in central Lincoln. The Arboretum, designed by Edward Milner, first opened for public use in 1872. It had fallen into a state of disrepair and the 22 acre space was comprehensively restored via a £2.5M major programme of works which included restoration of the bandstand and various shelters, restoration of historic statues including the ‘Lion’, renewal of paths, repairs to stone retaining walls, restoration and reinstatement of historic fountains, new cast iron railings and gates, new park furniture and lighting, CCTV installations, improvements to land drainage, extensive planting and arboricultural work.

The Temple Gardens, a separate site to the west, also formed part of the contract. This was a privately owned 19th C green space available to residents via an annual subscription. It now surrounds the Usher Gallery and is designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Works included restoration of a Temple folly, a covered shelter, path renewal, new railings and gates, and soft landscaping improvements

Arabella Aufrere Temple, Brocklesby Estate, North Lincolnshire

Client:

Earl of Yarborough

Architect:

Martin Stancliffe Architects, York

The comprehensive restoration and refurbishment of a Grade II* 18th C temple located within Brocklesby Estate in North East Lincolnshire. The Temple was in a poor state of repair and required to be partially dismantled and reconstructed. Badly damaged stone columns, ashlars, balusters, urns and other carved sections were replaced, the roof was re-slated, stone pavings made good, brickwork flank walls rebuilt using replacement handmade bricks, repairs carried out to lime plastered internal walls and ceilings with chestnut lath backings and renewed cast iron rainwater goods.