The Orangery is an early 18th century structure that had lain derelict for many years, suffering increasingly from vandalism, malicious damage and collapse. In 2000 it passed from local authority ownership into private ownership.
The building is of extreme architectural and historical importance and received a considerable English Heritage grant for its repair and restoration. A photogrammetric survey was used for the preparation of the repair and reconstruction drawings. The repairs were specified on a brick-by-brick basis and a detailed specification was drafted for the repair of the gauged brickwork, the cleaning, repair and consolidation of the stone dressings.
A new Portland stone balustrade was designed for the reinstatement of the building’s parapet. A new slated roof was built and the original octagon and square floor, found in storage in a warehouse, were reinstated. This project received a Commendation from The Georgian Group’s Architectural Awards for the Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting.