Wrest Park is a scheduled ancient monument and the site is recognised as Grade I in the register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in England. The 90 acre gardens are a dramatic showcase of three centuries of landscape design, including French, Dutch, Italian and English styles side by side. The House is itself listed as Grade I, and 13 smaller buildings and some of the more than 80 statues and ornaments throughout the gardens are also individually listed. Until recently however, the property was relatively unknown, had limited physical access to its further reaches, and was in need of substantial input to restore the neglected landscape.
I have never once regretted appointing rhp as architect and lead consultant to this project, and have on frequent occasions had the opportunity to reflect that I was very lucky to have secured their services
Head of Historic Properties, London
Our work at Wrest Park began in 2002 with an initial focus on the conservation of garden features including the English Baroque Archer pavilion. In 2006 our ‘Wrest Park Revitalisation Project’ created a new car park and adventure playground in the walled garden, and a new visitor centre provided a café, interpretation space, shop, WCs and plant sales area. We also converted a former billiard room in the Mansion for community and education use. The project was supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has contributed to Wrest Park becoming a major visitor attraction.
More recently rhp have provided project management and architectural services for a series of repair and conservation projects on the site, securing further grant funding and enabling the re-ordering of the Italian and French Gardens in addition to the reconstruction of 5km of pathways.