Ashton Court

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Restoration of 850-acre historic parkland estate and provision of new visitor facilities

Client: Bristol City Council

The £2 million landscape works formed part of a £4.4 million Heritage Lottery funded project and included:
· Extension of two deer parks (red deer and fallow deer)
· Re-planting of historic parkland trees
· Woodland management
· Construction of two new car parks
· Restoration (narrowing) of estate carriage drives and removal of vehicular control paraphernalia made redundant by new car parks and restrictions on vehicular access.
· Restoration of historic cart ponds and drainage system
· Restoration of the mansion’s woodland garden
· Repairs and improvements to historic cobble paving in association with new visitor centre.
· Creation of a new garden for tenants of a restored lodge house.
· Creation of new children's play area and picnic area
· Restoration and design of new estate iron work, including entrance gates and piers.
· Input to estate management plan

Working on the project involved liaison and co-ordination with a wide range of parties including working in parallel with a Conservation Architect (who was acting as lead consultant on architectural aspects of the project), highways engineers, park rangers, deer keepers, ecologists (regarding bats, badgers, newts and endangered plants and invertebrates), mechanical, electrical and structural engineers, various user groups and disability access groups not to mention the various specialist contractors employed to execute the works.

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