Greenford have long held a reputation for quality, craftsmanship and professionalism and it is due to this reputation that we are often entrusted with the responsibility of public and private restoration works of special and iconic spaces and structures. It is with knowledge, care and respect that Greenford are able to provide restoration works on a wide variety of projects and ensure we deliver the look and feel both the client and the landscape demands. Restoration works can range from man-made structures, to environmental engineering including landscaping, “green solutions” for civil and environmental engineering and maintenance problems, remediation of contaminated land, and provision of habitats to encourage biodiversity.
In August 2017 Greenford completed works to restore the Tillington tunnel at the National Trust’s Petworth House and Park in West Sussex.
The tunnel is the main feed source for the water in the park’s iconic Upper Pond which was the subject of the famous painting ‘Dewy Morning’ by JMW Turner in 1810 (pictured below).
Greenford’s works were part of an effort by the National Trust and Natural England to restore the breath-taking view depicted in Turner’s landscape across the Upper Pond which is now largely obscured by trees on most of the pond’s 18 islands. Petworth Park is also known for being yet another incredible gardening design achievement by Capability Brown, the prominent 18th century landscape architect.
This was not the first Capability Brown site we have performed works on, as past Greenford sites Hagley Hall and Blenheim Palace are also some of Brown’s most famous achievements. Greenford were thrilled to be a part of yet another historic restoration scheme.
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In July 2017 Greenford completed works restoring the historic Rowes Flashe Boathouse at the National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey.
The restoration of this historic boathouse consisted of the careful removal and relocation of several large bee colonies from within the building walls as well as strengthening the ground level structural supports. The boathouse is a key attraction at this incredible area of natural beauty and works were completed in just 5 short weeks to ensure the site was able to reopen as soon as possible.
In April 2017 Greenford completed works on bridges 1714 and 1715 in Fakenham, Norfolk on behalf of the Melton Constable Trust, a local charity dedicated to the upkeep and restoration of this area.
Greenford worked diligently to rejuvenate the bridges as well as install a footpath crossing and handrails above. The works were completed on time, to budget and in keeping with the delicate restoration requirements of these historic structures. Melton Constable Trust Chairman Trevor Bailey said “the speed with which [Greenford] were able to start work and the efficiency with which the job was carried out has put our Heritage Lottery funded project well ahead of its target! All of your staff were very easy to deal with and it was a thoroughly pleasant experience”.
St John’s College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford and was founded in 1555 (SJC). This establishment’s long and rich history is not only reflected in the quality of the institution but also in the buildings and walls of the campus itself. In more recent years, Greenford were entrusted with the necessary deconstruction and rebuilding of a listed wall at St John’s College in Oxford. This wall was one of the original architectural features of the college which needed to be taken down and rebuilt in order to facilitate the construction of an adjacent new build in the college grounds. Due to its historical significance Greenford were required to put the wall back together exactly as it had been and to ensure it was structurally sound to stand for many more centuries to come. The project also had to be completed while adhering to traditional construction techniques and material specifications. This wall now stands stronger than ever and remains an integral part of the history of St John’s College.
Due to a shift in the Oxford Castle Mound’s surrounding landscape, the structure began to move and fall. At this time Greenford were brought in to restore the mound and were required to not only complete this challenging task, but also to perform it in a way as to maintain the structural integrity and historic significance of this key piece of British history. By manipulating the surrounding earth and only using machinery capable of scaling the delicate mound without causing damage, the result was a highly orchestrated feat of restorative construction works. Greenford were eventually able to realign the Oxford Castle Mound and ensure this giant of history would be around for another thousand years.
Greenford worked diligently with English Heritage, Natural England and the Hagley Hall Estate to achieve the successful rejuvenation of these historical grounds. The attention to detail and adherence to local records of original design meant these restoration works provided views which had not been seen for over 150 years. Greenford worked to restore key historical park features such as the Rotunda, Palladian Bridge, multiple cascades and features, and unearth long forgotten stone walls. BBC1’s Countryfile even covered the Hagley Hall Parklands Restoration Project and the episode aired 7th September 2014 after the works were completed.
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