Landscaping around restaurant at Kew
October 2018
August 2019
Graham Construction

Our teams are upgrading paths and roadways, building a new pavilion, and creating a Chinese garden.

Client Graham Construction has retained VGC to create a number of projects at Kew Gardens.

Paths and roadways

The team installed the entry road at Oxenhouse Lane (near the Lion Gate). They have also upgraded all-weather paths through the gardens near the children’s play area, using resin bound specialist surfacing. By laying the surface over black cellweb packed with ballast, we created a surface which is suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs, while allowing water to drain through.

Kew Gardens pavilionPavilion

VGC also used the resin-bound surfacing around the new pavilion building. We laid the slab for the new Pavilion restaurant and created a new all-weather area beside the restaurant. We rearranged and compressed a three-day concrete pour into just two days in order to have the slab laid before the local school half-term, when the gardens are particularly busy.

Chinese garden landscaping
Catalin and Razvan working on the new Chinese garden

In addition, we created smart new paving, a wooden raised walkway, and laid the Chinese stone garden. The designer of the garden thanked our team for their ‘impressive standards’.

Site of special scientific interest (SSSI)

Kew Gardens is a site of special scientific interest. VGC fenced off all working areas carefully to protect members of the public; we planned the fencing to ensure that trees were not damaged by any of the works.

This was one of a number of projects VGC was involved in for Graham Construction. See also the Wakehurst Gardens glasshouse project.