- October 2018
- April 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.
Enabling works included the demolition and reinstatement of a 4 metre deep basement area, and we installed a 55m3 soakaway using an appropriately designed temporary works system.
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.
We laid reinforced concrete foundations for the upgraded Pavilion restaurant, including
- drainage (surface and foul water)
- ducting for power and communications cables
- cable installations.
We did groundworks and landscaping, including a raised wooden walkway and a new all-weather area using resin-bound surfacing around the restaurant.
In addition, our team laid a 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.