Eastcote House Gardens
Grade II Listed, Eastcote House Gardens includes a historic walled garden, dovecote and stable block. The Gardens are owned by the London Borough of Hillingdon, but maintained by volunteers. Since 2009 the Eastcote Friends have been successful in raising funding to restore and improve the gardens, with this latest project benefiting from a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Parks for People’ grant.
Brief Description of Works:
Messenger were awarded the contract to restore and renovate the garden and remaining buildings. The works included the alteration of the listed stables to form a community venue, complete with disabled toilet, kitchenette and storage, alterations to the dovecote to form an interpretation centre, with the re-introduction of louvers in the cupola. There were also extensive works undertaken to straighten, brace and raise the South and East walls of the walled garden, with the addition of brick transverse walls at the back of the South wall to frame the area for the new Gardeners’ Facility.
The project also provided for a small café, sitting areas (outside and inside), toilets, Site Manager’s office, Gardeners’ toilet, storage and a link to the stables building as well as the erection of a Gardeners’ Facility for volunteers.
Client: The Mayor and Burgess of the London Borough of Hillingdon
Duration: 9 months
Completion: April 2015