Having gone out to tender we have now appointed the firm that will carry out the restoration works to the Cascade. It's the same company that carried out the work on Sourland last year. They are due to start at the beginning of September.
Work begins on the Cascade - phase 2 update
At the beginning of September 2016, work began on restoring the Cascade. This restoration work was part of our Higher Level Stewardship Scheme with Natural England.
The Cascade is an intergral part of the Grade 1* listed landscape parkland, and the work that was carried out will ensure the monument remains intact forever.
Plan of works
Surveying, planning and preparation works took place over six months to get us ready to the point where restoration works could actually take place.
The restoration works required the complete removal of the rubble from behind the right hand side of the Cascade. By removing the rubble we were able to check the Cascade foundations and its construction, we could then make any repairs to the foundations as necessary.
On the right hand side the stone had almost completely degraded and had had water flowing through it when the Cascade was in operation. The stone on this side of the Cascade was completely replaced. The left hand side, which was not in as bad a condition, was re-pointed, along with the Cascade channel.
The best place to view the Cascade and the Serpentine is along the terrace walk, where excellent views can be seen around the parkland from the different vantage points and buildings along the walk. Note: the property is only open until the end of September.
31 Jul 16
Appointment of the builders
01 Feb 16
Removal of the reeds
The reeds have been removed from the front of the cascade and along the edge of the pool to tidy up and to redefine the pool edges. This will allow the Cascade to once again create ripples across the lake's surface when it is switched back on.