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RHS Bridgewater


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Client    Royal Horticultural Society

Scope   former site of Worsley New Hall | historic setting | 

              156 acres | masonry repairs | unique garden features   

Status    Ongoing

RHS Bridgewater sits on the site of the former gardens of the Worsley New Hall. The project was one of the largest gardening projects in Europe, with planning permission granted in 2017 and the official opening in 2021. 

Our involvement included works to the walled garden, the lake, miscellaneous structures and the new Chinese garden pavilion. We are currently involved in the next phase of the Chinese garden, with the construction of larger traditional Chinese garden structures.   

Walton Hall and Gardens

Walton, Warrington, Cheshire

Client    Warrington Borough Council

Scope   curtilage listed | late Victorian  / Edwardian | 

              timber assessment and repair | HLF funded  

Status    Completed

Part HLF funded, We provided structural conservation engineering services to the design team led by Bradshaw Gass & Hope, Architects. The works included the complete repairs to historic timber glass houses in the walled garden at Walton Hall. The conservatories had been provided with temporary propping by the Council, but much of the glass was missing and the timber decayed.

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Sir John Barrow Monument

Ulverston, Cumbria

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Client    Ulverston Partnership

Scope   grade II* listed | 1850 | 33m height | 

              repair strategy | access improvements 

Status    Completed

The Sir John Barrow Monument was built in 1850 to designs based on the profile of the Eddystone Lighthouse .It is approximately 33 metres high and stands on the summit of

Hoad Hill. The monument had been closed for almost three years due to dampness and concerns over visitor safety. Blackett-Ord Conservation Engineering contributed to a Condition Survey and Conservation Management Plan, and subsequently provided the structural input to repairs and to new internal floors and landings, with advice on the removal of the external sprayed concrete coating.

Rydal Hall is a Grade II* listed house on the outskirts of the village of Rydal, Cumbria in the Lake District, It has an early nineteenth-century front facade, but includes some earlier fabric. It used to be owned by the Le Fleming family, but now is under the ownership of the Diocese of Carlisle. HLF funded a phased repair project to the Mawson landscaped gardens which involved the restoration of a number of garden and landscape features.

Rydal Hall Gardens

Ambleside, Cumbria

Client    Diocese of Carlisle

Scope   grade II* listed | 1845-50 restoration of garden and                       landscape features | HLF funded  

Status    Completed

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Baldersby Park Obelisk and Canal

Thirsk, North Yorkshire


Client    Durham County Council

Scope   Grade II listed | 1720-1 | listed building consent | 

              masonry rebuild new foundation solution

Status    Completed

Baldersby Park was built for Sir William Robinson by Colin Campbell in 1720-1. It is one of the earliest examples of the Palladian Revival in England. 

The obelisk is a nine metre high stone column. The stonework is ashlar sandstone which was suffering from severe surface weathering,  spalling from expansive corrosion of iron cramps and poor ground conditions. This led to the recommendation for completely dismantling and rebuilding the obelisk on new foundations. 

Dryhope Tower

Selkirk, Scottish Borders

Client    Scottish Borders Council

Scope   Scheduled Monument medieval tower house 

              masonry repairs | local materials | access restrictions  

Status    Completed

A ruined Scottish defensive tower in the valley of Yarrow Water, which was stabilised using local stone from around the site and lime mortar. 

The remote location made access for the construction work difficult, which was taken into account during the design of the remedial works. Small component parts were selected to ensure that they could be easily transported using small all terrain vehicles. 

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